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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-968

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.

Author/Creator
M., Ilse, 1928-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
November 23, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ilse M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-968). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.