Irena D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2756) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- January 19, 1995.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Irena D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2756). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Irena D., who was born in Warsaw, Poland. She describes her family; religious life in prewar Warsaw; her ambivalence toward Judaism and Christianity; German invasion; her father's unsuccessful attempt to flee; living with her family in the Warsaw ghetto; starvation; her father arranging for her, her mother, and sister to escape; using false papers to hide with a Polish woman; working as a Polish maid; learning of the ghetto uprising and her father's death; participating in the 1944 Warsaw uprising; deportation as a non-Jew to Pruszków; meeting her aunt; working in a chemical factory in Tempelhof; the bombings of Berlin; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Warsaw; locating her mother and sister; living in the refugee camp in Bindermichl; and emigration with her mother and sister to the United States. Mrs. D. discusses her identity in terms of religion and her reluctance to talk with her daughters about her experiences.