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Sabina S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-623) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Norman Blumenthal,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-623

Videotape testimony of Sabina S., who was born in Zawałow, Poland (today Zavalov, Ukraine), in 1931. Mrs. S. recalls her family being attacked by Ukrainians; seeing German soldiers who "killed with white gloves on"; ghettoization in Podhajce; hiding during Aktions; and posing as a boy to escape with her parents while digging graves in 1942. She recounts the taking of her younger sister and grandparents (who had remained behind in the ghetto); hiding in the woods with others in bunkers; assistance received from a Ukrainian family; liberation by Soviet troops in 1944; return to Podhajce; escape to Austria; living at the Bindermichl displaced persons camp; and emigration to America in 1949. She reflects on her childhood conviction that she would survive; the influence of her Ukrainian rescuers' religious devotion on her own faith; incidents which remind her of these experiences; telling her children about the past; her lack of bitterness toward Germans, Ukrainians, and Poles; and her husband's (himself a survivor) and her reliance on their experiences for perspective on present everyday problems.

S., Sabina, 1931-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
November 3, 1985.
Pidhaĭt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
Zawalów (Poland)
Zavalov (Ukraine)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sabina S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-623). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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