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Ida I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1348) interviewed by Bob Jacobson and Ellen Nusgart,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1348

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.

I., Ida, 1919-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
May 7, 1989.
Bistrița (Bistrița-Năsăud, Romania)
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.
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