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Zophia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2500) interviewed by Alberta Strage,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2500

Videotape testimony of Zophia S., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1919 to Polish émigrés. She recounts the deaths of two brothers in World War I; a very assimilated lifestyle; completing school and university entrance exams; moving with her parents to Kraków in 1936; attending university; German invasion; ghettoization; relocating to the Częstochowa ghetto; marriage; her parents' deportation (she never saw them again); slave labor in a factory; obtaining false papers; escaping with her husband from the ghetto; traveling to Kraków; smuggling food to her husband's family; arrest when her landlord's children were arrested for resistance activities; separation from her husband (he was shot immediately); imprisonment for three months; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; contracting typhus; hospitalization; having her lung collapsed as part of specious medical experiments; a privileged office job; public hangings; her former governess sending her cards; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück in January 1945; transfer to Malchow; slave labor in a munitions factory; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Kraków; emigration to England in 1946; marriage; and her son's birth. Ms. S. discusses her son's obsession with her experiences, and her physical problems resulting from them. She shows correspondence to and from her governess, a document from the Red Cross, and a bag she sewed for herself in Auschwitz.

S., Zophia, 1919-
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
October 20, 1993.
Vienna (Austria)
Kraków (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zophia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2500). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.