Ida I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1348) interviewed by Bob Jacobson and Ellen Nusgart
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
- Interview Date
- May 7, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ida I. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1348). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ida I., one of seven children, who was born in Romania in 1919. She recalls her family's orthoodox lifestyle in Bistrița; increasing antisemitism; Hungarian occupation; conscription of Jewish men; transport to a collection site in a forest; deportation to Auschwitz; seeing her father for the last time; a translator explaining the true situation while pretending to repeat German words; and sharing food with her sister. Mrs. I. describes their transport to Augsburg, Germany; forced labor in a Messerschmitt factory; improved living conditions; observing Yom Kippur; receiving food from German workers; singing during Allied bombings; evacuation to Mühldorf in the spring of 1945; the guards telling them to leave the train and shooting those who did; a Wehrmacht officer saving them by expediting the train's departure; and liberation from the train near Munich. She recounts recovering with her sister's help in Feldafing; meeting her husband; returning to Romania; finding her brothers; her husband's 1952 arrest as a Zionist; his release; and their emigration to the United States in 1965. Mrs. I. discusses many details of camp life and the importance of sharing in order to survive.