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Oral history interview with Dora Sorell

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1474 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1474

Dora Sorell discusses her early years in Sighet, Romania; her family life; her religious upbringing; her education; her experiences with antisemitism in school; her desire to attend medical school; the effects of the Hungarian annexation of the region in 1940, including the loss of her educational opportunities; her experiences after the Nazi seizure of power in Hungary in 1944; her deportation to a ghetto in Sighet and her subsequent deportation to Auschwitz; her experiences in the cattle cars; the selection process at the camp; the loss of some of her family members; the conditions in the camp; her experiences in three subcamps of Auschwitz (not named); her transfer to Weisswasser, a subcamp of Gross-Rosen, in December 1944; the conditions in the camp and her liberation in May 1945; her return to Sighet; her discovery of surviving family members; her immigration with her husband and children to Brazil in 1961; their subsequent move to New York in 1964; her life in the United States; and her work as a doctor.


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Interviewee
Dora A. Sorell
Date
interview:  2005 June 22
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties