Selma E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-42) interviewed by Laurel Vlock and Nanette Auerhahn
- New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
- Interview Date
- March 1, 1980.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Selma E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-42). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Selma E., who was born in Groningen, Holland, in 1922 and grew up in Zuidwolde, Holland, where her family operated a kosher hotel. She recounts her prewar family life; the influx of German Jews in 1938; anti-Jewish legislation following the German occupation of Holland; going into hiding; her capture and internment in the Dutch camps of Vught and Westerbork; and her deportation to Sobibór. She describes her arrival at Sobibór; her gradual realization that she was in an extermination camp; her work sorting the clothing of the victims of gassing; and the circumstances under which she met her husband-to-be, Chaim, who was active in the camp underground. She vividly recalls the brutality and dehumanization that characterized daily life in Sobibór; her sustaining relationship with Chaim; and the uprising and her escape, with Chaim, from the camp. She tells of their hiding in the Polish countryside; spending nine months in the hayloft of a Polish farmer, during which time she became pregnant; and liberation by the Russians in July 1944. Postwar recollections include her difficulties adjusting to her life in Poland; the birth of her child, who did not survive; postwar antisemitism in Poland; and her attempt to emigrate to Holland with her husband and child.