Dora Apsan Sorell

Date: May 1, 2007, Berkeley, CA
Interviewers: Ally C, Jeff M, and Sophia S, with Alison G, Ashlyn P, with Howard Levin

Date: January 15, 2008, Berkeley, CA
Interviewers: Alex B, Daniel S, Dorothy G, Rebecca A, with Matthew G, Talia C, with Howard Levin coming soon

Dora Apsan Sorell was born in Sighet, Romania in 1921 where she spent her pre-war years. Dora was taken to Auschwitz as part of a wave of Hungarian transports in 1944. Afer a year in Auschwitz, Dora was moved to a second camp, Weisswasser. She was liberated two days before the end of the war and returned to Romania to medical school. She eventually immigrated to New York where she practiced medicine. She retired and moved to California with her husband to be closer to their children and grandchildren. She is also the author of Tell The Children: Letters to Miriam about her experiences in the Holocaust.


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Introductions

I'm Alison, I'm Ashlyn, I'm Ally, I'm Jeff, and I'm Sophia. We are here with Dora Apsan Sorell. It is May 1, 2007 and we are in Berkeley California.

I am Dora Apsan Sorell. I was born in Sighet, Romania, 1921, September 2nd. I spent all my pre-war years there in my hometown. I was taken to Auschwitz in 1944 together with the Hungarian transports. I was one year in Auschwitz and in a second camp, Weisswasser. I was liberated two days before the end of the war. I returned to Romania and I married and went to medical school. We got stuck in the communist regime for about 16 years, before we could come out and meet my remaining brothers who were outside during the war. I have three children and seven grandchildren. I am a physician and I am retired. I moved to California about eleven years ago to be with children and grandchildren.

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