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Sarah M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2257) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2257

Videotape testimony of Sarah M., who was born in Dereczyn, Poland (now Derechin, Belarus) in 1926, the fifth of eight children. She recounts her father's emigration to Paris in 1932; the family joining him in 1937; their poverty; difficulties as foreigners; German invasion; being harassed when wearing the required yellow star; her mother's arrest, imprisonment in Drancy, and release; and her mother separately hiding her children, hoping some would survive. Mrs. M. recalls working in a village until 1942 (everyone knew she was Jewish and assisted her); returning to her parents who were hiding in Paris; receiving false papers from a resistance group (la Sixième); traveling with them to Clermont Ferrand; working as a non-Jew; being smuggled into Switzerland with other children in 1944; living in a refugee camp; and learning to be a children's nurse. She describes her postwar family reunion in Paris (all survived); her parents' and two siblings' emigration to the United States in 1948; working for a Jewish orphanage; her emigration to Israel in 1948; joining her family in the United States in 1956; marriage in 1957; and her career and family.

M., Sarah, 1926-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
December 14, 1993.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Sarah M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2257). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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