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Oral history interview with Susan Cernyak-Spatz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1994.150.1 | RG Number: RG-50.075.0001

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Susan Cernyak-Spatz describes her early years in Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic); her deportation to Terezin (Theresienstadt) in 1942 and her subsequent transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau in January 1943; life at Auschwitz, including the work she performed in the offices and in the Canada commando; the hierarchy of prisoners; relationships among prisoners and guards, including lesbian relationships; the effects of dehumanization, particularly on the perpetrators; the help she received from her fellow prisoners as well as from guards; the cruelty she experienced; the evacuation and death march from Auschwitz to Ravensbrück in January 1945; her experiences at Ravensbrück; and her postwar experiences.

Interviewee
Susan E. Cernyak-Spatz
Language
English
Extent
3 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..