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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2404

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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    F., Irene, 1927-
    Published
    Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
    Interview Date
    April 9, 1992.
    Locale
    Germany
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Irene F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2404). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zeiler, Rivie, interviewer.
    Riger, Josie, interviewer.
    Notes
    Related publication: We survived the Holocaust / [edited by] Elaine Landau. -- New York : F. Watts, c1991.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (50 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Child survivors.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1094394
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:58:00
    This page:
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