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Sabina G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-287) interviewed by Gloria Demby and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-287

Videotape testimony of Sabina G., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1919. She describes returning to Warsaw from vacation on September 1, 1939; three weeks of merciless German bombing; friends shunning her when the Germans arrived; moving to the ghetto; her close relationship with her father; working in the children's hospital and the feeling of hopelessness at her inability to help the sick and dying children; smuggling herself to relatives in Kozienice where conditions were better; worsening conditions there; efforts to help starving children; and receiving a letter from her father in Warsaw describing the suicide of Adam Czerniaków, the head of the Warsaw ghetto. Mrs. S. recalls digging irrigation canals as a slave laborer in Wulka; deportation to Werk C in Skarżysko-Kamienna; the hanging of a prisoner; evacuation in June 1944 to Częstochowa; liberation by the Russians on January 17, 1945; returning to Kozienice where she met her present husband; moving to Łódź because of a pogrom in Kielce and overt antisemitism in Kozienice; and emigration to the United States. She discusses her most vivid memories: saying goodbye to her father; the man hanging in Skarżysko; and the deformed faces of the children in the Warsaw hospital. She explains "these pictures never let me go," and expresses the hope that her children and grandchildren will never know war.

Author/Creator
G., Sabina, 1919-1994.
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
June 24, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sabina G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-287). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.