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Oral history interview with Sara Schwimmer

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.99 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0099

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    Oral history interview with Sara Schwimmer


    Interview Summary
    Sarah Schwimmer, born in Jihlava, Czechoslovakia in 1926, describes being one of fifteen children in an observant Jewish family; her father, who was a blacksmith in a largely Jewish community; the Hungarians confiscated her father’s business in 1939; going to Budapest, Hungary with an older sister; working as a seamstress; how her sister, a beautician, tried unsuccessfully to obtain a passport from Wallenberg; joining Dror, or Deror, the Zionists underground movement; being taken with other women in September 1944 on a death march to Hegyeshalom, Hungary on the German border; how only a third of the people survived the 10 day march without food, water, or shelter; being transported by train to Buchenwald as well as Ravensbrück, Burgare, and Turkheim; experiencing hunger and loss of spirit, yet maintaining the will to survive; being liberated by a regiment of black American soldiers on April 28, 1945; walking with other women through Russian, French, and English zones to reach Marseilles for passage to Israel; living in Israel for 13 years; and marrying a man she knew in the concentration camps.
    Sara Schwimmer
    interview:  1985 April 22
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Schwimmer, Sara, 1926-

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Sara Schwimmer in Philadelphia, PA on April 22, 1985. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on October 17, 2000.
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