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Sonya S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1681) interviewed by Gitta Fajerstein and Raya C. Schapiro,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1681

Videotape testimony of Sonia S., who was born in 1912. She recalls living in Klimontów with her parents and sisters; teaching in a Jewish school with her father; German occupation; difficulty dealing with her father's illness; finally finding a doctor to amputate his leg; secretly teaching with her father; hiding during round-ups; reluctance to believe rumors of extermination; deportation; escaping from the cattle car with her sisters; hiding for two years with assistance from non-Jews; liberation by Soviet troops; marriage; antisemitic incidents in Rzeszów; moving to Kraków; traveling via Budapest and Graz to Modena; her daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. S. discusses the importance to her survival of being with her sisters; their deep sorrow at having to leave their parents; the gruesome experience of living "in a hole" for twenty-two months; the difference between telling the story and actually living it; and sharing her experience with her daughter.

S., Sonya, 1912-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1988
Interview Date
Klimontów (Poland)
Rzeszów (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Budapest (Hungary)
Modena (Italy)
Graz (Austria)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sonya S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1681). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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