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Sora M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2826) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Colette Zumstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2826

Videotape testimony of Sora M., who was born in Danzig, Germany in 1928. She recalls living near Brest-Litovsk; moving to Paris with her parents in 1930; antisemitic incidents; visiting Poland with her mother in 1937; outbreak of war in 1939; evacuation to Mers-les-Bains; living in an OSE home on the Riviera while attending school in Boulouris; German invasion; returning to Paris in September 1940; anti-Jewish restrictions; seeing her father in Yonne (he escaped from Pithiviers); incarceration in the Vélodrome d'hiver with her mother on July 16, 1942; escaping; hiding with non-Jewish friends; denouncement and imprisonment in the Palais de Justice on May 24, 1944; transfer to Drancy; deportation to Birkenau on May 30; beatings and slave labor; the Sonderkommando revolt; hanging of an escapee; her friend Claire's transfer; separation from her mother; transfer to Auschwitz; finding her mother during the death march in January 1945; transfer to Gleiwitz, Buchenwald, then Bergen-Belsen; reunion with Claire (she perished); liberation by British troops on April 15; recuperating in Belsen; and returning to Paris on May 24. Mrs. M. discusses illnesses resulting from her experiences; continuing nightmares; the importance of being with her mother; and reluctance to share her experience with non-survivors, including her own children, until her mother's recent death.

Author/Creator
M., Sora, 1928-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
November 24, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sora M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2826). 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/4288923
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