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Sara L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1928) interviewed by Razyl Kalifowicz-Waletsky,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1928

Videotape testimony of Sara L., who was born in Sokole, Poland in 1922. She recalls a happy childhood; a very orthodox home; moving to Białystok; increasing antisemitism in 1937; brief German occupation in 1939; Soviet occupation; German invasion; one brother fleeing to the Soviet Union; another brother's round-up (she never saw him again); ghettoization; forced factory labor; hiding during round-ups; her mother's deportation (she never saw her again); the ghetto's liquidation; a selection with her brother and father; being chosen for labor (she never saw her father or brother again); train transport to Majdanek; suicides of several women en route; transfer to Bliżyn; forced labor as a seamstress; contracting typhus; receiving food from a male prisoner; transfer to Auschwitz, then Kratzau; slave labor in a munitions factory; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; returning to Białystok; antisemitic violence; marriage; her son's birth; illegally entering Germany; her second son's birth in Munich; learning her brother had survived in the Soviet Union; and emigrating to the United States. Mrs. L. discusses the importance to her survival of taking initiative (volunteering for work, stealing food, etc.), maintaining hope, and mutual support among prisoners.

L., Sara, 1922-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
January 15, 1992.
Sokole (Poland)
Munich (Germany)
Białystok (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sara L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1928). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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