Edith L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1469) interviewed by Irene Wasserkrug and Judith Fogel
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
- Interview Date
- February 19, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Edith L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1469). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Edith L., who was born in Ústí nad Labem (Aussig), Czechoslovakia in 1920. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; disbelief that conditions in Germany would impact them; studying in Prague; her sister's emigration to the United States in 1938; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's death; deportation with her husband to Terezín in 1941; the fraudulent staging of "good conditions" for a Red Cross delegation; deportation to Birkenau in May 1944; her husband's transfer to a work camp (she never saw him again); transfer to Christianstadt six months later; hiding the pregnancy of a prisoner; the trauma of the baby's murder; subsequent emotional numbness; a death march to Czechoslovakia; an SS guard's offer of assistance; arrival at Bergen-Belsen; witnessing cannibalism; and liberation by British troops. Mrs. L. recalls her long recovery; help from former neighbors when she returned to her hometown; and emigration to Ecuador, then the United States. She reflects upon the randomness of survival and her unwillingness to revisit the camps - "to put her foot down on Jewish blood."