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Sara T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-755) interviewed by Itzak Brill

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-755

Videotape testimony of Sara T., who was born in Lapus, Romania in 1924. She describes her town of 1,000 with about twenty-five Jewish families; family and religious life; local antisemitism; Hungarian occupation; and subsequent antisemitic legislation and harassment by Hungarian soldiers. She recalls German occupation; transfer to a camp near Dej; receiving food and aid from peasants; transport to Kǒsice, Czechoslovakia for transfer from Hungarian to German custody; transport to Auschwitz; a last minute reprieve from the gas chamber; collecting unburned bones from a crematorium; the sustaining relationship with family and friends from home, including her sister; and their transfer two months later to Leipzig. Mrs. T. remembers working in a munitions factory; Allied bombings; aid from a German woman; transport on a train which was bombed; and a forced march to Hamburg. She tells of a death march; arrival at Terezín, where they were refused entrance; staying in the woods for three weeks; liberation by Russian soldiers; shooting Germans with Russian guns; going to Prague to look for food; treatment by the Russians; returning with her group to Lapus; reunion with her brother and uncle; adjustment to normal life; marriage and the birth of her children; difficulties encountered as a Jew in postwar Romania; and emigration to Israel in 1962.

Author/Creator
T., Sara, 1924-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
May 18, 1986.
Language
Romanian
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sara T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-755). 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/967659
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