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Sally R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-475) interviewed by Michael Weiss,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-475

Videotape testimony of Sally R., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1923, one of six sisters. She recounts antisemitic harassment; German invasion in 1939; expropriation of her father's business; his death; one sister's deportation; communications from her from Grünberg; marriage in 1943; ghettoization; living with her husband's family and one sister; forced factory labor; hiding in a bunker during round-ups; deportation of her mother, other sisters, and sister's child (they did not survive); arranging to join her sister in Grünberg; transfer with her husband and sister to the Sosnowiec ghetto, then Grünberg; slave labor in a textile factory; occasionally seeing her husband; hospitalization; her sisters' visits; assistance from the prisoner doctor; her husband's transfer in 1944; a death march in January 1945 to Helmbrechts, Zwodau, then toward the Czech border; briefly escaping with one sister; another escape with her sisters and two friends; hiding with a Czech farmer, then a woman in town for three weeks; liberation by United States troops; Red Cross assistance; hospitalization; traveling with her sisters to Plzeň, Prague, and Ostrava; learning her husband had survived; reunion with him in Będzin; living in Budapest for nine months; joining her sisters in Germany; and emigration to the United States in 1949.

R., Sally, 1923-
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 1, 1984.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Będzin (Poland)
Plzeň (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Budapest (Hungary)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sally R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-475). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.