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2024 First Person Series: Susan Warsinger

Conversations with Holocaust Survivors
Photos: Holocaust survivor Susan Warsinger circa 1934–35 (courtesy of Susan Warsinger) and as an adult today. US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Photos: Holocaust survivor Susan Warsinger circa 1934–35 (courtesy of Susan Warsinger) and as an adult today. US Holocaust Memorial Museum

A brick smashing through the bedroom window jolted nine-year-old Susan Warsinger awake on the night of November 9, 1938. As her brother Joseph peered out the window, he turned and said, “Susi, it is our neighbors!” That night of orchestrated violence against Jews—known as Kristallnacht (or “Night of Broken Glass”)—changed their lives forever. Susan’s parents used their life savings to smuggle the children out of Nazi Germany—sending them to live in France.

Watch to learn how Susan and Joseph managed to outrun danger as war erupted in Europe, and discover if they ever saw their parents or baby brother again.

Speaker
Susan Warsinger, Holocaust Survivor and Museum Volunteer

Moderator
Bill Benson, Journalist and Host, First Person: Conversations with Holocaust Survivors

Watch live at youtube.com/ushmm. You don’t need a YouTube account to view our program. After the live broadcast, the recording will be available to watch on demand on the Museum's YouTube page.

First Person is a monthly, hour-long discussion with a Holocaust survivor that is made possible through generous support from the Louis Franklin Smith Foundation.

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