Sidonia B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-488) interviewed by Abraham Kay
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- September 10, 1984.
- 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.
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.