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Sara W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2955) interviewed by Lilian Sicular and Gabriele Schiff,

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Sara W., who was born in Jaworzno, Poland in 1911, one of nine children. She describes her mother's death in 1935; antisemitic boycotts; her father's emigration to Palestine; marriage in Kraków in January 1939; German occupation; one brother's murder in a mass shooting; ghettoization; her husband's and son's disappearance in October 1942 (she never saw them again); working in the Wieliczka salt mine; her brother smuggling her to Chrzanów; fleeing to Sosnowiec during Chrzanów's liquidation; hiding in a bunker her brother built with assistance from a Polish woman; obtaining false papers; visiting her family in the ghetto; smuggling two nieces out of the ghetto; the younger niece's discovery; moving to Germany with assistance from the underground, posing as Polish slave laborers; working on a farm, then a convent; hiding her nephew and two friends (they had escaped); she and her niece being interrogated by German police; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Jaworzno; fleeing to Frankfurt; marriage in Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; the birth of her two children; and emigrating in 1951 to the United States. Mrs. W. discusses the loss of all her siblings, and memorializing their names on her father's and husband's tombstones in Jerusalem. She shows photographs and documents.
    Author/Creator
    W., Sara, 1911-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 13, 1994.
    Locale
    Poland
    Kraków
    Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
    Germany
    Jaworzno (Kraków, Poland)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Chrzanów (Poland)
    Wieliczka Salt Mine (Poland)
    Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Cite As
    Sara W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2955). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Sicular, Lilian, interviewer.
    Schiff, Gabriele, interviewer.
    Notes
    Associated material: Rose S. Holocaust testimony [niece] (HVT-2694), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 19 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Husband Death.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    False papers.
    Hiding.
    Bunkers.
    Rescuers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Mass killings.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4289415
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:27:00
    This page:
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