Irene F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2404) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler and Josie Riger,
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.
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
- Interview Date
- April 9, 1992.
- 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.