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Fritzi S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2604) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2604

Videotape testimony of Fritzi S., who was born in Sadagura, Romania (presently Ukraine) in 1922. She recalls the family's move to Cernăuti in 1932; antisemitism; Soviet occupation; leaving school because she did not know Russian; expropriations of jewelry from the family store; fear of arrest and deportation to Siberia; marriage in May 1941; German invasion; her parents encouraging her to escape with her husband; their train journey to Kamʹi︠a︡net︠s︡'-Podil's'kyĭ; walking to Vinnyt︠s︡'ka and traveling by train to Rostov; working on farms; friendly Russian farmers; fleeing the German advance to Kharkiv; traveling alone to Tashkent; reunion with her husband; transfer to Samarqand; working in Soviet factories; the hostility of Russians who were antisemitic and of Uzbeks who viewed them as Russians; overcrowding and starvation; working in the hospital; her husband's death from tuberculosis; taking care of an official's family; returning to Chernivt︠s︡i in 1944 via Baku and Makhachkala; learning her parents had perished after they were deported; moving to Bucharest; remarriage; her daughter's birth; emigration in 1961 to Brussels, then Israel, and to the United States three years later. Mrs S. discusses the brutal death of her in-laws during the war, and her close relationship with her daughter.

Author/Creator
S., Fritzi, 1922-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
May 4, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fritzi S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2604). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.