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Oral history interview with Susan Roth

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.416.6 | RG Number: RG-50.650.0005

Susan Roth, who is a relative of Judy Freeman and the sister of Perry Roth, born August 14, 1914, discusses her family’s background and religious beliefs; riding in a cattle car to Auschwitz; being shaved upon camp arrival in 1944; roll calls; being tattooed; her memories of living in barracks; the cessation of her menstrual cycle while imprisoned; asking Dr. Mengele to spare her mother’s life; her mother’s deathbed remarks of disgust that Susan interacted with such a “villain;” the lethal gassing of her sister; stealing clothes to give to other prisoners and other acts of sabotage she performed while imprisoned at Auschwitz; befriending a young Polish girl; being beaten when she bent down to pick up a small onion; first learning of the crematoria; her experiences working at a motorcycle factory in Saxony, Germany until April 4, 1945; her observation of encounters with lesbian women in the factory; her escape from the locked factory and flight into nearby woods when a bombing started; and seeing herself in a mirror for the first time after her time in Auschwitz.

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Susan Roth
Joan Ringelheim
interview:  1983 August 24-1984 March 27
Oral histories.
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Joan Ringelheim
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:26:16
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