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Sara K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2160) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Colette Zumstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2160

Videotape testimony of Sara K., who was born in Lublin, Poland in 1928, the older of two children. She recalls her family's assimilated lifestyle; her father's several businesses; moving to Warsaw in 1937 where her parents thought she and her brother would receive better educations; German invasion; she and her brother walking with her father to protect him from forced labor; ghettoization; being sent with her brother to live with an aunt in the Piaski Luterski ghetto, where it was easier to obtain food; returning to the Warsaw ghetto a year later after being warned of a round-up (her aunt and family did not survive); hiding in the factory where their parents worked; the German supervisor obtaining false papers for them; escaping in March 1943 after the supervisor warned them; staying with one of her father's former employees; denouncement a few weeks later; escaping; hiding with her mother with non-Jews; her father and brother joining them; escaping in January 1945 when Germans requisitioned the house; hiding in a forest; aid from local Poles; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Warsaw; finding everything destroyed; traveling to Lublin, with assistance from a Soviet Jewish officer; smuggling themselves to Germany from Szczecin a year later; living in displaced persons camps in Berlin and Stuttgart; distant relatives from France sponsoring their emigration to Paris; marriage to an Auschwitz survivor in spring 1948; and trying to build a “normal” family. Ms. K. notes her husband's difficulties as the sole survivor of his family, and not sharing their experiences with their children and grandchildren, yet knowing they have impacted them.

Author/Creator
K., Sara, 1928-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
Interview Date
February 21, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sara K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2160). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286573
Record last modified: 2012-05-03 15:47:00
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