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Ilse S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1380) interviewed by Lucille B. Ritvo and Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1380

Videotape testimony of Ilse S., who was born in Tempelhof, Germany in 1924. She recounts her assimilated family background; expulsion from public schools; joining the Hashomer Hatzair Zionist Youth Movement; anti-Jewish laws; seeing broken glass the morning after Kristallnacht; her father's decision to leave after a legal prohibition against Jews practicing medicine was passed; emigration with her family from Hamburg to Havana via Amsterdam in 1939; adjusting to life in Cuba; emigration to New York in 1940; joining Hashomer Hatzair; attending school; working at Hadassah; and her marriage to a Holocaust survivor. Mrs. S. discusses her husband's suicide; reluctance to share her experiences with her daughters, although her husband compelled them to study the Holocaust; and her trip to Berlin in 1988, which motivated her to start teaching and lecturing about the Holocaust. She shows photographs and documents.

S., Ilse, 1924-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
August 20, 1990.
Tempelhof (Berlin, Germany)
Havana (Cuba)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ilse S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1380). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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