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Sara K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-383) interviewed by Abraham Kay

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-383

Videotape testimony of Sara K., who was born in approximately 1926, the older of two sisters. She recounts living in Wieluń; her family's orthodoxy; attending Jewish and public schools; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; fleeing east; separation from her family; assistance from the Red Cross; finding an aunt in Bełchatów; traveling to Pabianice; returning home; destruction of their home by German bombardments; living with relatives; reunion with her mother and sister (her father never returned); forced labor clearing rubble; joining a cousin in Ziębice in 1940 (her mother and sister stayed in Wieluń); learning to sew; visiting her mother; hiding during round-ups; learning her mother and sister were deported in 1942 (she never saw them again); deportation to Sosnowiec, then Parschnitz; slave labor in a thread factory; knitting clothing for male prisoners; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home with assistance from a German nurse; marriage to a survivor; antisemitic violence; traveling to Vienna, then Munich; and living in a displaced persons camp. Ms. K. notes praying frequently and keeping her belief in God and that she would survive in camps; she and a cousin being the sole survivors of a large extended family; feeling as if the war never really ended for her; and nightmares resulting from her experiences. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Sara, 1926?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
November 16, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sara K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-383). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.