Dora S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1753) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- January 22, 1991.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Dora S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1753). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Dora S., who was born in Sighet, Romania in 1921, the only daughter of eight children. She recounts her father's World War I service; his first wife's death (they had three sons); his remarriage to her mother; their orthodoxy; high school graduation in June 1940; Hungarian occupation in September; anti-Jewish restrictions; one brother escaping to the Soviet Union; another's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; her younger brother remaining home (the others left); German invasion in March 1944; ghettoization; her brother's return from slave labor; deportation to Auschwitz with her parents and two brothers in May 1944; separation from her family (she never saw them again); staying with her boyfriend's sister; disbelief upon learning of the gas chambers and crematoria; slave labor; hospitalization for frost bite; transfer to Weisswasser in December 1944; improved conditions; slave labor in a factory; assistance from French POWs; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; traveling to Budapest; reunion with a brother and her boyfriend; marriage in Sighet; learning four other brothers had survived; completing medical school in Timișoara; the births of two children; moving to Hunedoara; the birth of her third child; discrimination after registering for emigration in 1958; joining her brother in Italy in 1961, then two others in Brazil; and emigration to the United States in 1964. Ms. S. discusses details of camp life; haunting memories of her last encounter with her older brother in Auschwitz; postwar indifference to the Holocaust in Romania; sharing her experiences with her children and grandchildren, including in through her book; learning of her father's writing career; and futile attempts to save his wartime writings. She shows photographs.