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Ilse M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-968) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-968

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    Videotape testimony of Ilse M. who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1928. She recalls the Anschluss; expulsion from school; her father's incarceration in Dachau for a year starting in 1938; his departure for Italy immediately upon release; leaving a few weeks later on a 1939 children's transport to England; her unhappy life with a childless couple in Prescot; avoiding the husband's sexual advances; cessation of correspondence from her mother in 1941; several live-in jobs; and continuing school while working in Manchester, then London. She describes a visit from her mother's brother after the war; contact with her father; learning of her mother's and sister's deportation and deaths; emigration to Australia in 1951 to join her father; his death before she arrived; studying and working in Sydney and Melbourne; emigration to the United States; and marriage in 1974. Throughout this testimony Mrs. M. reflects on her overwhelming sense of isolation; the still present pain of remembering; recurring nightmares; and the importance of education to her. She expresses guilt at her lack of understanding the horror her parents must have experienced.
    M., Ilse, 1928-
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
    Interview Date
    November 23, 1987.
    Vienna (Austria)
    Manchester (England)
    London (England)
    Sydney (N.S.W.)
    Melbourne (Vic.)
    Prescot (England)
    Cite As
    Ilse M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-968). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Schiff, Gabriele, 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., 35 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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