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Sarah G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1980) interviewed by Claire Paulus and Jean-Michel Chaumont,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1980

Videotape testimony of Sarah G., who was born in Radoszyce, Poland in 1921. She recounts extreme poverty and antisemitism in Warta; illegal immigration to Brussels when she was nine; attending secretarial school; German invasion; fleeing to France; working for the police; warning Jews of round-ups; returning to Belgium after six months; joining the Rote Kapelle resistance group; using false papers; uncovering collaborators; escaping arrest three times; the arrest of her sister and brother-in-law after her transmitter was found in their apartment; deportation of her parents and other siblings in 1942; her arrest in 1943; transport from Malines to Auschwitz/Birkenau; assignment to Canada Kommando; sustaining relationships with fellow prisoners; a nurse helping her avoid selection; kindness from a kapo and a guard; resistance, including Mala Zimetbaum's escape; the death march to Ravensbrück, then Malchow; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with two sisters (one died soon after) and her brother-in-law in Belgium; six months in Blankenberge tuberculosis sanitarium; childcare training in Geneva; and working in Jewish orphanages. Mrs. G. discusses dreaming of her sister who did not return; relations between prisoner groups in camps; solidarity of political prisoners; and discomfort sharing her story. She shows photographs.

G., Sarah, 1921-
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
Interview Date
May 20, 1992.
Radoszyce (Poland)
Warta (Poland)
Brussels (Belgium)
Blankenberge (Belgium)
Geneva (Switzerland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sarah G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1980). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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