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Oral history interview with Susan Mahrer

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

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    Oral history interview with Susan Mahrer


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Susan Mahrer
    Susan Koenig
    interview:  1990 July 30
    Credit Line
    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.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Mahrer, Susan, 1924-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Susan Mahrer for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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