Sara T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-755) interviewed by Itzak Brill
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- May 18, 1986.
- 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.
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.