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Sara W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3721) interviewed by Stefanie Brauer and Maximilian Preisler,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3721

Videotape testimony of Sara W., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1929. She recalls her family's affluence; attending private school; many close relatives; antisemitism beginning in the late 1930s; German invasion in 1939; moving to the ghetto; separation from her family (she never saw her father or sister again); slave labor at camps, including Gross-Rosen, under brutal conditions; often being the youngest; assistance from older prisoners; conversations about the war ending; liberation from a death march by Soviet troops; traveling to Prague, then Katowice; Red Cross assistance; reunion with her mother; her mother's marriage to her father's friend; preparing for illegal emigration to Palestine in Genoa; meeting her future husband; living on a kibbutz; her daughter's birth; and returning to Germany for health reasons. Ms. W. discusses continuing fears and anger resulting from her experiences; pervasive memories; not discussing her experience with her mother, although sharing it with her daughter; close relations with friends from concentration camp; and believing movies cannot portray, nor others imagine, concentration camp life. She shows photographs.

W., Sara, 1929-
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
Interview Date
May 7, 1996.
Będzin (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Katowice (Poland)
Genoa (Italy)
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sara W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3721). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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