Ibolya E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-786) interviewed by Maryanne Kador and Pam Goodman
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- November 10, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ibolya E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-786). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.