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Sarah F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2906) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2906

Videotape testimony of Sarah F., who was born in Jarosław, Poland in 1923. She recalls being raised in Kraków; pervasive antisemitism; German occupation in September 1939; ghettoization; food distribution by the Judenrat; her mother's death; her father's and siblings' deportation (she never saw them again); one of her brothers escaping from the train; transfer to Płaszów; slave labor at an ammunition factory; assistance from a Pole; smuggling bullets to the camp underground; public hangings; cleaning Kommandant Amon Goeth's house; transport to Pionki, Auschwitz, and Gleiwitz; assistance from a German guard; transport to Nordhausen in December 1944; a death march to Bergen-Belsen; and liberation by British troops in April 1945. Mrs. F. describes learning in Nordermoor that none of her family had survived; joining her girlfriend in Landsberg displaced persons camp in December 1945; marriage in 1948; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. She discusses the importance of friendship to her survival and help from HIAS and the Joint.

Author/Creator
F., Sarah, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
June 23, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sarah F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2906). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.