Ida L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2461) interviewed by Jill Maidhof and James Maidhof
- Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc., 1994
- Interview Date
- May 11, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ida L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2461). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ida L., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1923. She recalls antisemitic incidents during her childhood; activities in a Zionist youth group; harsh conditions in the Kraków ghetto; smuggling food to share with her sister; one sister's deportation to Auschwitz; transfer to Płaszów when the ghetto was liquidated in 1943; working in the laundry; random killings by camp commander Amon Goeth; a Jewish doctor being severely beaten and displayed in a wheel barrow as an example of punishment for helping others; declining to escape with help from a Polish friend fearing retribution against the other prisoners; her brother's deportation to Auschwitz (she never saw him again); transfer to Auschwitz; the death march to Bergen-Belsen; the importance of helping each other; liberation by British troops; and recuperating in a German hospital under British supervision. Mrs. L. describes learning she had no family left; her marriage in Sweden; and emigration ten years later to the United States.