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Ilse D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-407) interviewed by Florabel Kinsler and Clara Zilberstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-407

Videotape testimony of Ilse D., who was born in Christiansfelde, Germany in 1928. She recalls going to Stettin in 1937 with her siblings, since there was no Jewish school in Christiansfelde; her older sisters' emigration to Palestine in 1937 and 1939; deportation in 1940 to Bełżyce via Lublin; separation from her brother (she never saw him again); starvation, forced labor, and overcrowding in the ghetto; mass killings; making bricks, then working as a maid for Commander Feiks in Budżyn; transfer to Majdanek; assistance from Jewish prisoners during a death march; transfer to Kraśnik and Auschwitz; working with Dutch inmates; smuggling herself into the orchestra during a selection; conversations with Anne Frank in Bergen-Belsen; assistance from a woman who knew her father; emigration to Israel; reunion with her sisters; joining the army; marriage; and emigration with her husband and three children to the United States in 1959. Mrs. D. discusses her feelings during the whole experience, her belief in God, and reluctance to tell her children about the war years.

Author/Creator
D., Ilse, 1928-
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
December 4, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ilse D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-407). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.