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Sara B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2773) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2773

Videotape testimony of Sara B., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1921. She recalls attending a French school; ghettoization; the family maid smuggling her to a non-Jewish family friend; rejoining her family when they were threatened by Vital Hasson, a Jewish collaborator, if she wasn't found; a beating by Hasson; deportation to Auschwitz the next morning; separation with her sister from her parents and brother (she never saw them again); meaningless slave labor; separation from her sister; hospitalization for typhus, which caused a permanent hearing loss; assistance from French prisoner doctors; one arranging for her to work in the hospital; other assignments, but returning to work in the hospital again; learning her sister had been killed; the death march in January 1945; escape with a friend; living with locals, posing as non-Jews; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; testifying against Hasson in 1946, an act of revenge; marriage to a cousin who also survived concentration camps; and the births of three children. Ms. B. attributes her survival to prisoners who helped her.

Author/Creator
B., Sara, 1921-
Published
Thessalonikē, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
June 3, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sara B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2773). 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/4288765
Record last modified: 2014-12-10 14:04:00
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