Mira S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3227) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Hélène Trigano
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- March 27, 1995.
- 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.
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.