Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Patti, Christopher J.

Publisher

University of South Florida Libraries

Date

2010-08-11

Publication Date

3-15-2011

Abstract

Oral history interview with Sonia "Sala" Wasserberger. She was born in 1931 in Goworowo, a town near Warsaw, Poland. Growing up, she experienced a great deal of anti-Semitism from the other people in her town, including her teachers. On September 7, 1939, Goworowo was invaded by the Germans and her father was imprisoned. Most of the Jews were rounded up in the synagogue, which the Nazis tried to light on fire, but they managed to escape through the back door. Wasserberger and her mother spent several weeks in a field before eventually being reunited with her and leaving with her family for Hancewicze, Belarus, which was occupied by the Soviets. In 1941 they were deported to a Siberian gulag, where Wasserberger, who spoke Russian, passed out mail. They were set free when the Soviet/German alliance was terminated and made their way to Uzbekistan, where Wasserberger and her father were briefly put in jail when the Soviets were investigating smugglers. After the war ended, the family returned to Poland and left for Berlin, where they stayed in a displaced persons camp for several years, and then went to Bavaria in 1948. Wasserberger and her husband met and married there and then came to the United States in 1949.

Keywords

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Soviet Union--Personal narratives, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives, World War, 1939-1945--Soviet Union-Personal narratives, World War, 1939-1945--Uzbekistan--Personal narratives, World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Germany, World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Uzbekistan, Jewish children in the Holocaust, Holocaust survivors--Florida, Holocaust survivors--Interviews, Genocide, Crimes against humanity

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Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Soviet Union--Personal narratives; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives; World War, 1939-1945--Soviet Union-Personal narratives; World War, 1939-1945--Uzbekistan--Personal narratives; World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Germany; World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Uzbekistan; Jewish children in the Holocaust; Holocaust survivors--Florida; Holocaust survivors--Interviews; Genocide; Crimes against humanity

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral histories; Online audio

Format

audio/mp3

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Holocaust survivors oral history project

Identifier

F60-00037

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