Sabina S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-623) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Norman Blumenthal
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- November 3, 1985.
- 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.
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.