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Oral history interview with Sara Sherman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.60.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0751

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Sara Sherman, born August 8, 1938, discusses her family in Kamenets-Podolsk, Soviet Union (now Ukraine); her father’s conscription into the Soviet Army and his death; German bombings; moving around a lot as a child; her younger brother’s death from scarlet fever; her forty-day stay in the hospital while sick with scarlet fever; her mother’s remarriage and her close relationship with her stepfather; eventually moving with her family and her mother’s brother and sister to Pocking displaced persons camp in Germany; her family joining the SS Exodus journey to Palestine and the conditions onboard; seeing a woman buried at sea; the ship’s encounters with the British; her mother giving birth in Haifa and the baby boy dying soon after; living in the Atlit camp for a few months; celebrating the creation of Israel; moving into the city of Haifa and learning Hebrew; meeting her future husband and their marriage; her mother’s stories of antisemitism in the Soviet Union; visiting the United States in 1968 and moving to Philadelphia, PA with her three children and parents; not telling her children or grandchildren much about her experiences; wanting people to understand that life is a struggle; her good memories of her parents; and her hopes for her children and grandchildren.

Interviewee
Ms. Sara Sherman
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2014 May 16  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
digital file : MPEG-4.