Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

June 2010

Creation Date


Publisher Information

Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center


Austria, Bryant, Susan Thorne, Child actors, Crimes against humanity, England, Florida, Genocide, Holocaust survivors, 1939-1945, Jewish children in the Holocaust, World War, 1939-1945


Oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Susan Thorne Bryant. Bryant was born in Vienna in 1929 and lived there with her parents. From the age of six, she was a child actor at the Burgtheater. She was eight when Austria was annexed to Germany and witnessed several incidents of anti-Semitism. Bryant and her mother escaped to England in 1938 while her father was imprisoned in Dachau for three months before being released and joining them in England. Bryant lived with an English foster family for a year and a half, during which time her parents worked as domestics. In 1940 they got visas for the United States and immigrated to New York, where Bryant returned to acting on television and radio, helping to support her family. In this interview, Bryant also discusses the fates of several other relatives, some of whom survived the Holocaust; others, including her grandmother, were killed in the concentration camps.

Physical Information

1 sound file (77 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (28 p.)