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Sarah W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2511) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2511

Videotape testimony of Sarah W., who was born in Druĭsk, Belarus in 1928. She recalls her family's affluence; her father's good business relations with non-Jews; German invasion in July 1941; transfer of the Jews out of town; her father arranging their transfer to the Braslaŭ ghetto rather than another rumored to be worse; hiding with many others during a round-up; a cousin having to suffocate her child to prevent their discovery; escaping; hiding with a non-Jewish farmer her father knew; leaving when the neighbors found out; hiding in the woods, then with another non-Jewish family; part of their group being discovered and killed; her mother's death from starvation in winter 1943; liberation by Soviet troops in July 1944; additional help from the farmer; returning to their town; her father's remarriage; antisemitic violence; moving to Braslaŭ; moving to displaced persons camps in Germany; and emigration to the United States three years later. Ms. W. notes she does not want to remember much of her past, and, to the present day, she continues to help the farmer who helped them. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
W., Sarah, 1928-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1993
Interview Date
May 14, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sarah W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2511). 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/4318176
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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