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Ilse W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2253) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz and Helen Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2253

Videotape testimony of Ilse W., who was born in Rotenburg, Germany in 1927. She recalls anti-Jewish harassment; her older brother attending a Jewish boarding school in Kassel; moving to Frankfurt in 1936 hoping it would be safer if they were in a bigger city; attending Jewish school (the Philanthropin) with her brother; increasing isolation; a former maid who smuggled food to them; and difficulty comprehending their changing situation. Mrs. W. recounts Kristallnacht; her father's arrest and incarceration in Buchenwald; his release and emigration to Holland; leaving for England in June 1939 on a children's transport; and her father accompanying her during the train trip through Holland. She describes cruel treatment in a school for refugee children in the British countryside; smuggling a letter to Bloomsbury House describing conditions; the subsequent disbandment of the school; her transfer to a wonderful home in Folkstone; corresponding with her father; learning of her family's emigration to the United States; joining them in Chicago in February 1940; and their efforts to earn a living and become educated.

W., Ilse, 1927-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
October 18, 1993.
Rotenburg an der Fulda (Germany)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Folkestone (England)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ilse W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2253). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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