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Sofia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1929) interviewed by Vera Paisner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1929

Videotape testimony of Sofia S., who was born in Boryslav, Poland in 1917. She describes her family background; marriage; German invasion; her husband's draft into the Soviet army; her son's birth in September 1939; her mother's deportation; fleeing to Stanisławów to save her son; pretending to be half Jewish when interrogated by Ukrainians; being hidden by Poles; returning to Boryslav; hiding her baby with a Polish family; Germans killing her son; being forced into the ghetto; brief imprisonment; release with assistance from her cousin; working as a cook for a German officer; deportation with her father to Płaszów; her father's deportation to Wieliczka in 1943; her job removing gold dental work from dead bodies; deportation to Auschwitz in the summer of 1943; slave labor in a stone quarry; transfer to a cotton-mill in Lichtwerden-Freudenthal; receiving extra food from her friend; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. S. recounts meeting her husband in Kraków; learning none of her family had survived; the birth of two children in Katowice; and emigration to Israel. She reflects on being unable to fully describe all the atrocities she experienced and considers herself lucky to have survived.

Author/Creator
S., Sofia, 1917-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
November 12, 1992.
Language
Polish
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sofia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1929). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1096676
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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