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Elly K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-417) interviewed by Ruby Bubis and Erika Jacoby,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-417

Videotape testimony of Elly K., who was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany in 1926. She recalls her happy childhood; her older brother emigrating to Palestine after the outbreak of war; imprisonment of her father and two brothers; illegally traveling to Hennef to visit them; learning they had been transferred to Sachsenhausen; deportation with her mother and younger brother to the Rīga ghetto in January 1942; slave labor outside the ghetto; assistance from Wermacht soldiers; her mother's and brother's deportation to Auschwitz (she never saw them again); transfer to Kaiserwald after the ghetto's liquidation in 1943; obtaining a privileged job as an office worker through a friend; deportation to Stutthof; a death march to Magdeburg; transfer to Trier; and hiding with her friends when the camp was evacuated. She describes traveling with her friends to Danzig; interrogation by the NKVD; marriage; reunion with her brother; learning her other brother had perished; traveling with her husband via Berlin and Gelsenkirchen to Zeilsheim; and their emigration to the United States.

K., Elly, 1926-
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
March 6, 1983.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany)
Hennef-Sieg (Germany)
Gdańsk (Poland)
Zeilsheim (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elly K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-417). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.