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Sarah B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1754) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1754

Videotape testimony of Sarah B., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924. She recalls antisemitic graffiti; German invasion in September 1939; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization in March 1940; pervasive hunger and sickness; her father's death from starvation in May 1942; forced labor; her mother's efforts to raise their spirits; her sister receiving extra food after singing for Ḥayim Rumkowski; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; learning of the crematoria; transfer to Ludwigshafen, then Unterlüss; slave labor; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; assistance from other prisoners en route; surgery on her injured foot in the hospital; secretly writing about her experiences; liberation by British troops in April 1945; transfer to Kalmar, Sweden for recuperation; marriage to a survivor in Stockholm in 1946; and emigration to the United States in 1947. Mrs. B. discusses her guilt immediately after the war because she was the sole family survivor; visiting Auschwitz in 1979 with her daughter; the pain of reliving her experiences; and writing and speaking about her experiences. She shows photographs and her book.

Author/Creator
B., Sarah, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
January 27, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sarah B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1754). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4317792
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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