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Susan Q. testimony 1990 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

GenreTestimonies
Object IDSQ9005_02_VA
Date of Recording09 May 1990

InterviewerForrai, Ernest
IntervieweeQuastel, Susan
Duration1h 41m 57.0s
LanguageEnglish
SynopsisSusan Q. was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1923 to a prominent Sephardic family. She describes a large extended family. She recalls the German invasion and occupation. She describes learning trades such as dressmaking and nursing, including working at Jewish hospital. She describes her parents’ deportation to Westerbork in 1942 and their release after a friend provided false papers. She recalls the experience of hiding during round-ups and her older sister’s deportation to Auschwitz. She describes being forced to assist with involuntary medical procedures on Jewish men. She describes receiving a notice for deportation and her parents arranging for her to go into hiding. She describes learning that her parents were deported after they helped her (they later perished). Susan describes hiding in Bussum. She describes receiving false identification papers and working in Baarn where she was treated like a family member. She recalls liberation by Canadian troops and returning to Amsterdam. She describes reuniting with her surviving sister. She recalls moving to Leiden and Oxford to continue nursing training and working in London. She discusses her marriage, divorce and meeting her second husband in Canada. She discusses her emigration to Canada and her charitable activities. Susan shows photographs and documents.
Other Holding InstitutionsFortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (repository)
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Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.