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Sarna S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-439) interviewed by Florabel Kinsler and Erika Jacoby

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-439

Videotape testimony of Sarna S., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1909. She recalls participating in Zionist activities; marriage; her son's birth in 1937; hearing of the deportation of Polish Jews from Germany in 1938; choosing not to emigrate to Uruguay (her husband had family there) without her father; German invasion; her husband fleeing to Italy and Uruguay; fleeing to Tarnów with her son, father, and brother in December 1941; her brother's deportation to Auschwitz (they received a letter stating he died from pneumonia in June 1942); hiding her father in a cellar during round-ups (he did not survive); fleeing to Warsaw, posing as a non-Jew; leaving her son with her father's maid in Kraków; and returning for him after she found a place. Mrs. S. describes the Warsaw uprising; a forced march with her son to Pruszków, posing as non-Jews; slave labor building roads; liberation; seeking relatives in Kraków and Tarnów; contact from her husband in Buenos Aires in 1945; and reunion with him in the United States in 1946. She discusses nightmares and asthma resulting from her experience; her husband's reluctance to hear her experiences; and participating in an organized survivors group.

Author/Creator
S., Sarna, 1909-
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1984
Interview Date
May 21, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sarna S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-439). 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/1100264
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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