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Irene T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1568) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler and Beatrice Harrison

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1568

Videotape testimony of Irene T., who was born in Poland in 1912. She recalls her schooling in Drohobych; moving to Kraków in 1930; marriage; her son's birth in 1938; German invasion; eviction from their apartment; moving to Krzeszowiec, her husband's hometown; searching for her husband in Kraków after he was taken for forced labor; a German officer who allowed him to leave the labor camp in 1943; hiding until they were reported a few days later; his return to camp in an effort to protect Mrs. T. and their son; obtaining false papers; working as a seamstress; finding hiding places for her son, her mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and nephew; learning of her husband's execution; a German who struck her son, causing permanent hearing loss; and liberation in January 1945 by Soviet troops. Mrs. T. recounts revealing she was Jewish to the local people; supporting her surviving family; living in Germany and Austria; remarriage; emigration to the United States; and writing a book, at her son's urging, in order to share her experience with her daughter-in-law, who is also hearing impaired.

T., Irene, 1912-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1990
Interview Date
October 31, 1990.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irene T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1568). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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