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Sally S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1199) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1199

Videotape testimony of Sally S., who was born in Przemyślany, Poland in 1923. She describes her close and large immediate and extended family; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in 1941; anti-Jewish measures; the Judenrat organizing forced labor; mass killing of men, including her father and uncle; incarceration in a forced labor camp; obtaining permission from the Judenrat to return to the ghetto; her mother's death; hiding with her brothers in a bunker during the ghetto's liquidation in May 1943; escaping with them to the woods; building bunkers; assistance from her sister who was hidden by non-Jews; joining partisans after a massacre (during which her brothers were killed); and liberation by Soviet troops in June 1944. Mrs. S. relates returning to Przemyślany with her sister; traveling to Ternopilʹ, then to Katowice; joining her sister in a kibbutz in Sosnowiec; moving to Kraków; marriage in Breslau; fleeing with her husband and sister via Frankfurt to the Bad Reichenhall displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States in July 1949. She discusses her American family's lack of interest in her experiences; her inner suffering and inability to convey what she went through in words; and the exhilaration of her visits to Israel.

S., Sally, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
May 7, 1989.
Peremyshli︠a︡ny (Ukraine)
Ternopilʹ (Ukraine)
Katowice (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Wrocław (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sally S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1199). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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