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Sidonia B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-488) interviewed by Abraham Kay

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-488

Videotape testimony of Sidona B., who was born in 1924 in Cărășeu, Romania, one of eight children. She recounts her family was Hasidic; her father serving as a shoḥet; attending public school; working on the family farm; delivering kosher butter to Satu Mare; her sister's marriage in 1937; Hungarian occupation; her brother's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; round-up, then transfer to the Satu Mare ghetto in April 1944; deportation to Auschwitz in May; remaining with two sisters after selection (she never saw the rest of her family again); slave labor with two Czech women; doing their work when her sister and one of the women were sick; transfer to Stutthof, then three weeks later to Praust; slave labor constructing an airport; American POWs leaving food for them; her older sister's selection (she never saw her again); a death march; locals giving her bread; escaping with her sister; a Polish man hiding them and giving them food; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization in Gdańsk; living briefly in a refugee camp; returning home; reunion with her brother; marriage; some non-Jews returning their possessions, and some not; the births of her children; her brother's emigration to the United States; and joining him in 1965. Ms. B. discusses never losing hope in the camps; not sharing her experiences with her children because it is too painful; and nightmares, which have diminished lately.

Author/Creator
B., Sidonia, 1924-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
September 10, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sidonia B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-488). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.