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Sara P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3852)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3852

Videotape testimony of Sara P., who was born in Lublin, Poland in 1939. Much of what she recounts was told to her by her mother. She tells of German invasion; her father's and grandfather's arrest (they never returned); her mother escaping to the forest with her; living with a Polish woman for several months, then another family; entering Budzyń; staying with other children while her mother went to slave labor; their transfer to Majdanek; a public execution; a German officer giving her extra food; separation from her mother; truck transport; liberation by Soviet troops; being taken to a Red Cross station in Lublin; transfer to an orphanage; her mother locating her; assistance from the Joint and Red Cross; medical treatment in Heidelberg; living in Lampertheim refugee camp; traveling to Marseille; emigration to Israel in 1949; her mother's remarriage; and the birth of her sister. She discusses nightmares resulting from her experiences; her mother's continuing anguish, despite looking “normal”; not sharing her experiences with others; and conflict with her children over her excessive worrying due to her experiences. She shows photographs, and reads from her personal writings about the war.

Author/Creator
P., Sara, 1939-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
October 31, 1996.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sara P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3852). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.