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Sarah W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4476)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4476

Videotape testimony of Sarah W., who was born in Nowy Korczyn, Poland in 1930, the third of four sisters. She recounts her family's affluence; attending public school, then afternoon Hebrew school until third grade; German invasion; confiscation of the family business; her parents arranging to hide relatives, including one sister, with Polish friends; other Poles hiding the rest of them in a sub-basement hole under planks; living in the dark with very little food; her father teaching them Bible stories; three others joining them; Germans living in the house above them for the last six months of the thirty they were hiding; their rescuers taking them elsewhere after liberation fearing locals would learn they had hidden Jews; learning their grandmother and aunt who had hidden elsewhere did not survive; moving to Łódź; reunion with her other sister (they had thought she was dead); moving to the Neu Freimann displaced persons camp; assistance from the Joint and UNRRA; one sister's emigration to Israel; an uncle in the United States assisting the rest of the family to emigrate there; marriage to a pediatrician; the births of three daughters; her sisters' marriages and their families; locating their rescuers; bringing them to the United States with their grandson; and her daughters learning of her experiences at that time. Ms. W. discusses how lucky her family was. She shows photographs.

W., Sarah, 1930-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 2011
Interview Date
December 1, 2011.
Nowy Korczyn (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: Mini DV dub; and DVD dub.
Cite As
Sarah W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4476). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.