I was there.
In 1944 Susanna and her family were taken to Neudorf bei Bahnhof in Austria. There, the Jews were forced to do slave labour at a farm. At the end of November they were deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Every morning, the Jews were ordered to stand outside the barracks to be counted. "It was horrible to be there in Bergen-Belsen," Susanna recalls, "we saw no light." In secret, her dad kept a diary and took notes about everything that happened in the camp.
Susanna Christensen (1933), Hungary
Forced Labour in Austria
Susanna talks about the first camp her family was taken to.
1) Listen to Susanna as she talks about the first camp her family was taken to. Answer the questions.
1a. What does Susanna say about her arrival in Strasshof?
1b. Is there something special in the story that struck you? Motivate why.
Life in Bergen-Belsen
Susanna talks about her time in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
2) Listen to Susanna as she talks about her time in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Answer the question.
2a. What picture do you get of what life in the camp was like?
The Two Last Weeks
Susanna talks about the last two weeks in the camp.
3) Listen to Susanna as she talks about the last two weeks in the camp. Answer the question.
3a. What does Susanna tell that shows that the family had a strong unity?
Historical Context Section 1: Jewish Life in the City of Makó
Historical Context Section 2: The Situation of the Jewish Population Changes
Historical Context Section 3: The Jews of Makó are Deported
Historical Context Section 5: The End of War and Liberation