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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2955

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.

W., Sara, 1911-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
March 13, 1994.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Jaworzno (Kraków, Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Chrzanów (Poland)
Wieliczka Salt Mine (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sara W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2955). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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