Irene W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2268) interviewed by Jan Darsa and Zelda Kaplan
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1991
- Interview Date
- May 30, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Irene W. Holocaust Testimonies (HVT-2268). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Irene W., who was born in Kobern, Germany in 1921. She recalls feeling secure and respected in the German community; her father's arrest during Kristallnacht; working as a nurse's aide in a Jewish hospital in Cologne; anti-Jewish regulations; sending packages to her parents who were deported to Lublin in March 1942; forced relocation of the hospital into a fortress on the outskirts of Cologne; deportation with about fifty Jews on a passenger train to Terezín in 1943; working in a hospital; assistance from her boyfriend's family; transport to Auschwitz; praying during selection; digging ditches in Trachenberg (presently Żmigród) in 1944; the death march to Gross Rosen in March 1945; Allied bombing during evacuation in open cattle cars to Bergen-Belsen; helping a friend to give birth; starvation and lack of water resulting in a high death rate; disappearance of German guards; and liberation by British troops. Mrs. W. recounts reunion with her fiance in Cologne; learning no one from her family survived; receiving a telegram from her brother in the United States; and emigrating to the United States in 1947. She discusses assistance from non-Jews and the importance of friendship to her survival.