Sara K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2160) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Colette Zumstein
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
- Interview Date
- February 21, 1992.
- 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.
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.