Sonia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1361) interviewed by Leo Mogill and Rebecca Fink
- Tucson, Ariz. : Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 1990
- Interview Date
- May 8, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sonia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1361). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sonia S., who was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1925, the third of five children. She recalls German invasion; incarceration with her family in the Seventh Fort; a mass killing including her father; transfer with her mother and siblings to the Ninth Fort; release; ghettoization with her younger siblings and mother; smuggling food; hiding her siblings; forced labor; their deportation to an Estonian labor camp; deportation to Auschwitz; a prisoner giving her life-saving advice; learning her mother and siblings had been gassed; recognizing one of her older brothers (she had not known he was alive); slave labor in a munitions factory; learning her brother was in the Sonderkommando (he survived their revolt); the death march in January 1945; train transport to Ravensbrück, then Neustadt; a privileged position in the laundry; liberation; traveling to Łódź; antisemitic violence; illegally traveling to Austria; living in Braunau displaced persons camp; learning her brother was in Italy; their reunion; marriage; her brother's suicide; emigration to the United States; and lack of support from relatives. Mrs. S. discusses her brother's suicide resulting from his experiences in the Sonderkommando; her determination to survive; and her pervasive sense of pain and loss. She shows photographs.