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Oral history interview with Susan Mahrer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.93 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0093

Susan Mahrer, born November 28, 1924 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses her parents’ careers as musicians; her schooling and her later job as a teacher; the start of the German occupation of Hungary; her father being sent to Austria as a forced laborer; her and her mother moving into a Jewish house in May 1944; increasingly restrictive laws regarding Jewish life and possessions; moving to work at a factory because she thought it would be safer; her mother being taken away; being taken with all the people in the factory to Ravensbrück in October 1944; having to stay in a tent just outside the camp as the camp itself was full; the registration process at the camp; her contact with French political prisoners; being transferred to Penig labor camp; bombings near the camp; evacuating the camp on foot during March of 1945; the SS disappearing on the third day of the march; reaching the town of Chemnitz, Germany, where they found a railroad wagon containing potatoes; marching east; arriving at Zwickau, Germany, where U.S. troops were stationed; working there until an incident occurred; going to live with a German couple; going back to Hungary and moving in with her aunt’s family; receiving news that her father died in a labor camp; knowing from a letter that her mother was in good condition at the end of the war in Bergen-Belsen, but never hearing from her; living and working in Budapest; marrying and having a child; escaping Hungary after the 1956 revolution; going to Austria from where she flew to Australia; and her life in Australia.

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Mahrer, Susan
Koenig, Susan
interview:  1990 July 30
1 sound cassette.
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Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:11:17
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