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Oral history interview with Sara Umelinski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.160 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0160

Sara Umelinsky, born in 1924 in Wlodawa, Poland, describes her Hassidic family; the German invasion and occupation of Wlodawa, the short-lived Soviet takeover, and the subsequent German reoccupation; the murder of the Jewish Polish prisoners of war in 1940; the selection of Jews in Wlodawa to be sent to construct Sobibor camp; the actions against the Jews in Wlodawa; being able to obtain false papers, which a Polish person traveled to Lublin to obtain for her; escaping from Wlodawa after the final action in May 1943; going to Oudampol (Adampol), Poland; deciding to join the partisans and life with them; moving to the partisans family camp in Parczen; going with the partisans to Pinsk, Belarus, and serving as one of the guards of their encampment; antisemitism amongst the partisans; fleeing in March 1944 until they met the Red Army; doing laundry for the army in exchange of salt; getting married to another partisan and moving to Gomel, Belarus, then Minsk, Belarus; the birth of her children in an UNRRA camp in Berlin, Germany; and immigrating to Israel in November 1948 on the American ship the SS Galila.

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Sara Umelinski
interview:  1992 February 20
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-04-21 07:09:23
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