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Irene F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2404) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler and Josie Riger,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2404

Videotape testimony of Irene F., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1927, the only child of a wealthy family. She recounts her family's strong German identity; her father's service in World War I; Kristallnacht; confiscation of her father's business in 1941; her mother's suicide after a day of forced factory labor; her grandmother's deportation to Theresienstadt in 1942, followed by Mrs. F. and her father; living in the Czech children's barrack; her grandmother's weakened condition; sharing food with her father; public hangings; her father's deportation (she never saw him again); her deportation to Auschwitz in October 1944; selections; a woman who committed suicide; transfer a month later to a labor camp; slave labor in a flax factory near Breslan; a German she knew from Berlin who assisted her; and liberation on May 9, 1945 by Soviet troops. She recalls hiding from Soviet soldiers who raped some former prisoners; reunion with a cousin in Berlin; meeting her future husband in Deggendorf displaced persons camp; her surprise at learning her grandmother had survived; emigrating to the United States in 1946; marriage; and attending survivor reunions.

F., Irene, 1927-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
Interview Date
April 9, 1992.
Berlin (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irene F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2404). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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