Irene S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1292) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Edith Bayme
- New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
- Interview Date
- November 6, 1989.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Irene S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1292). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Irene S., who was born near Warsaw, Poland in 1921. She recounts her father's difficulty earning a living as a physician in Łódź due to antisemitism; attending music conservatory in Łódź, then in Warsaw in 1938; antisemitic incidents; unsuccessfully attempting to emigrate to Palestine; her father's draft into the Polish army; German invasion; fleeing to Warsaw; hiding using false papers; joining her mother in the Warsaw ghetto to avoid exposure; moving to the Piotrków Trybunalski ghetto with her mother with help from a Polish friend; avoiding separation from her mother with assistance from a German officer; working at an ammunition factory; transfer with her mother to Skarżysko-Kamienna; receiving her father's letters from a POW camp; obtaining kitchen work for her mother with assistance from a commander; their deportation to Buchenwald; working in a HASAG factory in Leipzig; the German guards' disappearance during a death march; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. S. recalls traveling with her mother to Łódź; antisemitic incidents; reunion with her father in Warburg; music lessons in Wiesbaden; marriage in Paris; and emigration to the United States in 1948. She shows family photographs and emphasizes the importance of help received from many people.