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Oral history interview with Sara Mitzenmacher

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.333 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0333

Sara Mitzelmacher (née Uritz), born on March 15, 1915 in Kovno, Poland (now Kaunas, Lithuania), describes her lower class family; her family moving to Jurbarkas, Lithuania then Ukmerge, Lithuania; attending gymnasium in Kaunas; moving in with a Zionist aunt; returning to Ukmerge and attending a Hebrew high school; her first job as an accountant in Kaunas while she continued to study economics at the university; her sister moving to Palestine; her brother dying in the war; the Russians arriving in Kaunas and firing the Jews from their jobs; the Germans invading and setting up a ghetto; moving to the ghetto; the Jewish police and the Judenrat; working at the airport; being arrested and imprisoned for a month for attempting to sell a diamond ring; spending two years in the ghetto; Actions in the ghetto; being taken to military barracks in Kaunas, called the “Shantz suburbs”; being sent with other women to work on a farm 14 km outside the ghetto; being deported to Gefalag in Krefeld, Germany; being transported with her aunts by train to the Siauliai, Lithuania ghetto; being transported a few days later to Panevezys, Lithuania to the airfield then Stutthof; every day life in Stutthof; escaping and ending up with partisans; going to Bialystok, Poland then to Warsaw, Poland; receiving help from Haikah (Hajka) Grosman; reuniting with her sister in Łódź, Poland; receiving military training prior to going to Palestine; and her immigration to Palestine in May 1948.

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Sara Mitzenmacher
interview:  1998 January 22
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:57
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