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Sally F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1748) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1748

Videotape testimony of Sally F., who was born in Przeworsk, Poland in 1934. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; German invasion in 1939; housing German soldiers; one of them warning her father of future danger; anti-Jewish regulations; receiving orders for "resettlement"; her father deciding to hide based on the German soldier's warning; hiding in grain stacks; assistance from Polish peasants, including her mother's childhood friend; convincing this friend to hide them; moving to his attic with ten relatives in fall 1942; being joined by four uncles; her youngest sister, a cousin, and aunt dying; leaving in secret upon Soviet arrival (their rescuer feared antisemitic reprisals from neighbors); threats from Poles after returning home; illegally traveling to Austria, then Germany; living in a displaced persons camp near Munich; and emigration in 1947 to join uncles in the United States. Mrs. F. discusses tensions while hiding; her family's reluctance to discuss their experiences with each other; her own determination not to think about it; deciding in 1960 her children should know; teaching about the Holocaust for many years; a trip to their hiding place with her niece and a camera crew in 1987; and continuing contacts with their rescuers. She shows photographs.

F., Sally, 1934-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
January 10, 1991.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sally F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1748). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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