Sarra K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3622) interviewed by Irina Trampolski
- Asipovichy, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 12, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sarra K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3622). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sarra K., who was born in Lipenʹ, Russia in 1915, one of eight children. She recalls her family's poverty; one brother's emigration to Palestine; leaving school at fifteen to help support her family; her father's death; marriage to a non-Jew at age eighteen; the births of a son and daughter; German invasion in 1941; many Jews fleeing, including some of her siblings; mass killings, one including her mother; her exemption because she was married to a non-Jew; staying inside at all times; learning they were scheduled to be killed; hiding in a forest with her husband and children; joining the partisans; her children's placement with a family, then in an orphanage; her assignments as a baker and a sentry; visiting her children once; a German blockade in 1943; living in dug-outs; liberation by Soviet troops in July 1944; reunion with her children in Asipovichy; her husband's death in 1976; and continuing antisemitism. Ms. K. discusses many hardships in her life; willing herself to live during the war in order to see her children again; partisan indifference to her being Jewish; never asking her children about their experiences, not wanting them to relive their pain; and continuing contact with her partisan leader.