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Ina W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-920) interviewed by Samuel Kenner and Deborah Shelkan Remis

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-920

Videotape testimony of Ina W., who was born in 1921 in the Ukrainian area of Poland. She recalls her orthodox home; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; roundups; frequent beatings; forced labor; communal religious activities; the murders of her grandfather and uncles; and transfer of the remaining Jews to a ghetto in a nearby town in the fall of 1942. Mrs. W. describes a mass shooting, which included her remaining family, during which she feigned death and escaped at night; finding two Jewish men and a boy who helped her; the shooting of the boy; her traumatic response when they buried him; hiding with others in the home of non-Jews; leaving when their activities drew attention; her perception that survival was punishment due to the arduous conditions she endured for three years in hiding; deriving satisfaction from small acts of sabotage against the German military; and liberation by Soviet troops in February 1944. She recalls her marriage; traveling to Austria, then Belgium; her daughter's birth in 1946; and their emigration to the United States.

W., Ina, 1921-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1987
Interview Date
May 13, 1987.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Ina W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-920). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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