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Ibolya E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-786) interviewed by Maryanne Kador and Pam Goodman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-786

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    Videotape testimony of Ibolya E., who was born in Eger, Hungary in 1911. Mrs. E. recalls her religious upbringing; leaving home for the ghetto; deportation three weeks later to Auschwitz; her last images of her father, mother, and grandmother; thinking she was in an insane asylum; efforts to remain with her sister; dehumanizing conditions leading to the loss of identity and previous moral structures; and selection with her sister for a transport. Mrs. E. describes forced labor clearing rubble in Bremen; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in 1945; huge piles of dead bodies; giving up hope; temporary separation from her sister which made her feel as though her world had collapsed; liberation by the British the next day; and her illness. She recounts three years of convalescence in Sweden; kindnesses of the Swedish people; recovering her sense of self; her sister's marriage and emigration to Australia; her emigration to the United States; marriage to a survivor eleven months later; and a trip to eastern Europe with their son. She discusses her belief that survival was due to sheer luck and reflects upon the complete loss of human decency in the camps.
    E., Ibolya, 1911-
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
    Interview Date
    November 10, 1986.
    Eger (Hungary)
    Cite As
    Ibolya E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-786). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kador, Maryanne, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 43 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.

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