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Oral history interview with Sara Seidman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.177.23 | RG Number: RG-50.677.0023

Sara Seidman, born on August 29, 1922 Turda, Romania, discusses her extensive family; her mother who was a nurse; her sister surviving scarlet fever; her earliest education at a Jewish school; the rise of antisemitism; the public school forcing Jewish children to attend church; finishing high school in Czernowitz (Chernivtsi, Ukraine); teaching in a Bucharest orphanage, where all the workers and children were Jewish but pretending to be Polish refugees; Russian police entering the orphanage and interrogating the children to see if they came from the Russian part of Poland; seeing hundreds of children deported from Bucharest; her family fleeing the German/Hungarian invasion of Turda; bunkering during bombings; her father and grandfather navigating red tape to assist refugees; her brother’s death at sea; her father being assaulted by Russian soldiers; being harassed by the soldiers; going to Prague, Czech Republic a few months after the war; going to Nuremberg, Germany; being chased off a train in France for being Jewish; ending up in Augsburg, sheltered by a rabbi; working as a teacher while her mother worked as a nurse at Föhrenwald displaced persons (DP) camp; the traumatized girls and women survivors; struggling to cheer up the children who were mourning their lost mothers; conditions in the DP camp, including the clothing and lice treatments; salaries in the camp and her mother bartering to assist survivors; her memories of Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam in the DP camp; her thoughts on agunah; Chaplain Rabbi Alexander Rosenberg; teaching in Paris (Fublaines); obtaining papers for entry into the United States. (She shows family and school photographs, including photos from 1947 where children are smiling.)


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Interviewee
Ms. Sara Seidman
Interviewer
Dr. Henri Lustiger Thaler
Date
interview:  2015 August 30
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
This testimony was recorded through a joint project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Amud Aish Memorial Museum Kleinman Family Holocaust Education Center.