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Mira S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3227) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Hélène Trigano

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3227

Videotape testimony of Mira S., who was born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia in 1923. In a detailed and reflective testimony, she recalls her prosperous, observant childhood; participation in Maccabi; German occupation; her brother's conscription for forced labor; being hidden by non-Jewish employees; denunciation; moving to Italian-occupied Srebrenica through her father's contact within the Ustaša; internment in an Italian camp; transfer to prison in 1944; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her parents; forming a group with three Yugoslav friends; working in the Union Kommando; receiving food from a German worker; public hangings; the January 1945 death march to Gross-Rosen; transfer to Ravensbrück, then northern Germany; escaping with her friends from a death march; liberation by Soviet troops; moving to the American zone, then to Paris via Lille; working in Rome and Bari; returning to Paris; working for the Joint; and marriage. Mrs. S. discusses details of camp life; relations between prisoners; her profound sense of injustice; help from many non-Jews, particularly Italians; continuing close relations with her camp friends; being the only survivor of her family; psychological distress after liberation; ethnic strife in former Yugoslavia; reading a poem she wrote in Auschwitz at Yad Vashem; and reluctance to share her experience with her husband.

Author/Creator
S., Mira, 1923-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
March 27, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mira S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3227). 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/4291056
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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