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Sarra K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3622) interviewed by Irina Trampolski

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3622

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.

Author/Creator
K., Sarra, 1915-
Published
Asipovichy, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 12, 1995.
Language
Russian
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291945
Record last modified: 2014-04-10 16:30:00
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