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Oral history interview with Sara Schwimmer

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

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, 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 Ravensbruck, 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
1985 April 22  (interview)
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, gift of the Holocaust Oral History Archive of Gratz College
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