Sally P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-334) interviewed by Sidney Elsner
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- August 8, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sally P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-334). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sally P., who was born in approximately 1920 and raised in Płońsk, Poland. She recalls her large, extended family; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; her parents fleeing to Warsaw; selling their goods to support her brothers; her mother's return; ghettoization; public hangings; emotional devastation from observing her family's suffering, particularly hunger; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her family (she never saw them again); transfer to Budy, then back to Auschwitz/Birkenau; finding her friends; slave labor clearing bombing rubble and in a munitions factory; mud and rats leading to diseases; assignment to the hospital; observing Josef Mengele conducting "medical experiments"; sorting clothing of murdered Jews; the Sonderkommando uprising; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück in January 1945; transfer to Malchow, then Torgau; liberation from a death march by United States troops in Grimma; hospitalization; finding two friends; transfer to Bayreuth displaced persons camp; thinking of suicide, upon realizing her entire family was killed; emigration to the United States; and a nervous breakdown due to her experiences. Ms. P. discusses her conviction that she would not survive the camps; wonder that she did; and pervasive, painful memories.