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Oral history interview with Sara Schreiber

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.384 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0384

Sara Schreiber, born in 1925 in Vylok, Czechoslovkia (presently Ukraine), recounts being one of five children; cordial relations with non-Jews; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; one brother fleeing to Budapest; another escaping to the Soviet Union; apprenticing as a seamstress; German invasion in spring 1944; her parents entrusting possessions to a non-Jewish neighbor; deportation with her parents and sister to the ghetto in Sevluš (now Vynohradiv, Ukraine), then a month later to Auschwitz-Birkenau; separation with her sister from her parents (she never saw them again); transfer with her sister three days later to Kretinga; slave labor in a shoe workshop; fasting on Yom Kippur; transfer two months later to Stutthof; her assignment sorting shoes; hiding her sister when she was ill; clandestinely distributing newer shoes to prisoners, some in exchange for extra food, which she shared with her sister and friends; a death march in January 1945; helping her sister walk; liberation by Soviet troops; her sister's death; hospitalization; traveling to Kraków; returning home; reunion with one brother; learning her middle brother had been killed; traveling illegally to Budapest; reunion with another brother in Sokolov; his wedding; joining others intending to immigrate to Palestine; moving to Karlovy Vary, then Vienna; illegal immigration to Palestine with a former partisan via Genoa in 1947; their child's birth in 1948; and how their neighbor returned some of their property after the war.

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Sara Schreiber
interview:  2000 November 09
10 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:50:19
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