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Sali B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-633) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-633

Videotape testimony of Sali B., who was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1924. Mrs. B. recalls her childhood; German occupation in March 1939; anti-Jewish legislation; one brother's forced emigration to Poland; her father's execution in October 1941; deportation to Auschwitz of another brother and relatives; and deportation with her mother, younger brother, and sister to Theresienstadt. She describes relatively good conditions in their early incarceration; work in the kitchen; unsuccessful efforts to prevent her mother's deportation to Auschwitz in March 1944; deportation to Auschwitz with her sister and brother in September 1944; efforts to remain with her sister and friends from Theresienstadt; appells; suicides; her inability to believe the extermination process despite the ever present flames of the crematoria; and women going mad. Mrs. S. recounts transfer to a farm in October 1944; a forced march to Gross Rosen; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; her sister's death; liberation by the British; transfer to Sweden to recover; learning of deaths of her family members and the resulting emotional devastation; living for years with the hope that perhaps someone had survived; her marriage in Israel; and her daughter's accomplishments and family. She discusses the impact of the Holocaust on her and her daughter, including their nightmares; and her profound sense of loss, particularly of family and of her youth.

Author/Creator
B., Sali, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
November 10, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sali B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-633). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.