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Sara S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2576) interviewed by Brana Gurewitsch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2576

Videotape testimony of Sara S., who was born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland in 1922, one of ten children. She recalls her father was a Ger Hasid; attending public and a Beth Jacob school; some of her brothers' military service; German invasion; fleeing with her mother and two siblings to Sandomierz; staying in Dąbrowa Górnicza; reunion with her father and two siblings in Kraków; moving to Stopnica, her mother's hometown; her youngest brother going to Kraków (she never saw him again); taking in a friend and her family; her father secretly acting as a shochet; deportation with a brother and sister to Skarżysko-Kamienna; slave labor in a munitions factory; trading with civilian workers for food; transfer with her sister to Leipzig; continuing slave labor in a munitions factory; group punishment for fasting on Yom Kippur; a death march; abandonment by the guards; liberation by Soviet troops in Dresden; returning home with friends; and moving to the Bamberg displaced persons camp in 1946. Ms. S. discusses the importance of keeping their spirits strong in camps. She shows photographs and a "KZ" (concentration camp) ring made by a Polish worker she assisted.

Author/Creator
S., Sara, 1922-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
May 13, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sara S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2576). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.