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Sophie B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1952) interviewed by Sharon Gerber

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1952

Videotape testimony of Sophie B., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1924. She recalls growing up in Tarnobrzeg; German occupation; fleeing with her family to Radomyśl, then Mielec; carrying wood and digging ditches in 1941; forced transfer with her parents and sister by cattle car to Międzyrzecz in March 1942; obtaining an outside job with her sister; visiting her parents; sharing food with her father; learning of the massacres of Jews in Międzyrzecz; being hidden with her sister by a Polish civil officer; fleeing to Warsaw, posing as non-Jews; briefly meeting her brother in Radomyśl (she never saw him again); traveling to Miechocin with her sister; being hidden by a Polish family friend; volunteering to replace his daughter as a forced laborer in Germany; using her papers to go to Stuttgart posing as a Polish slave laborer; working at a hotel; arranging for her sister to join her; meeting her future husband who was posing as a Christian Pole; liberation in 1945; re-establishing their Jewish identity; reunion with her fiance in February 1946; marriage; and emigration to the United States.

B., Sophie, 1924-
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
September 12, 1991.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sophie B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1952). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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