Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Dora S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1239) interviewed by Henry Kaplowitz and Selma Dubnick

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1239

Videotape testimony of Dora S., who was born in Sighet, Romania in 1919, one of six children. She recounts working as a secretary in a law firm; Hungarian occupation in 1940; anti-Jewish restrictions; German invasion in March 1944; ghettoization; round-up to a synagogue; brutal treatment by Hungarians; deportation to Auschwitz in May; separation from her parents and siblings; privileged work for a kapo because she spoke several languages; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in November, then Bendorf five weeks later; transfer to Braunschweig; slave labor clearing rubble; receiving bread from a German woman; train transport; assistance from the Red Cross; transfer to Padborg, Denmark, then Landskrona, Sweden; kind treatment by the Danes and Swedes; transfer to another city, then Stockholm; learning one sister and one brother had survived; working in a factory in Örebro; and emigration to Palestine in 1948 to join her future husband, then to the United States in 1956 to join her siblings. Ms. S. discusses remaining optimistic in the camps and continuing contact with one friend from Auschwitz.

Author/Creator
S., Dora, 1919-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
March 23, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restroation submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dora S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1239). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.