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Oral history interview with Sara Eisen

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.12 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0012

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Sara Eisen, born in 1923 in Charsznica, Poland, describes her family life with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters; the German occupation; the anti-Jewish laws; being taken with her sister in 1942 to a labor camp; her mother and oldest sister being taken away and never seeing them again; her father being shot by the Germans; her two brothers dying in a concentration camp; doing farm work then being assigned to the kitchen; trying to take care of the old and sick people in the camp; being transferred in October 1942 to another camp in Krakow; working in a mill making sweaters for the Germans; being hit by a German officer and being taken to the hospital and losing six teeth; visiting a second cousin who worked in a tailoring shop; being sent to Auschwitz in the summer of 1943 and the journey there; seeing the crematoriums; the lack of warm clothing; staying in Auschwitz for four weeks; avoiding being gassed and being sent with a group to Lichtewerden concentration camp; working in a spinning mill; the Czechs supervisors treating them well; being liberated by the Russians who were very nice to them and took them to German houses to take anything they needed; going to Sosnowitz (Sosnowiec), Poland; visiting her hometown but not finding any of her relatives alive; meeting her future husband Bill; going to Landsberg, Germany; going to Buffalo, NY in June 1947; and her thoughts on telling her story.

Interviewee
Sara Eisen
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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