University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Special Screening The Heart of a Mother: Susette's Story

Special Screening The Heart of a Mother: Susette's Story

Sunday April 28th, 6:30 p.m.
Sabes Jewish Community Center
$5 donation requested.
Dessert reception to follow in honor of: Susette Liepmannssohn Freund

Presented by the Children of Holocaust Survivors in Minnesota (CHAIM)

The Heart of a Mother: Susette's Story: A Film by Rod Martel

Like so many refugee families from Nazi Germany, Rod Martel's experience was typical, if that is the word you can use for the horror visited upon a generation of German Jews. While many of his relatives perished, his parents barely escaped to start a normal life in the United States. His fraternal grandparents fled to Australia, but he always wondered exactly what had happened to his maternal grandmother, Susette, (ex-wife of cinematographer/director Karl Freund) who had been swallowed up by the Nazi war machine.

Supposedly she had died of typhus at Ravensbrück concentration camp. With the help of two researchers, Rod and his wife, accompany 93 year old Gerda, (Susette's daughter) back to Berlin.

Follow them on their journey back into the past as they discover a truth even more evil than they had imagined in their quest to infuse meaning into a world that seems to defy logic and decency.

Rod Martel is a member of CHAIM, and dedicated to educating others about his family's experience during the Holocaust.