Elise S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-558) interviewed by Elizabeth Jacob and Allen M. Siegel
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
- Interview Date
- May 19, 1985.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Elise S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-558). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Elise S., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1906. She recalls German invasion; fleeing with her non-Jewish husband and daughter from Českýn Krumlov to Bechyně where her parents lived; fleeing with her family to České Budějovice; her parents' and brothers' deportations to Terezín in 1942; sending packages to them in Zamość; learning from her brother's letter that her parents disappeared (she never saw them again); her husband's draft in August 1944; sending her daughter to an orphanage when she was arrested; deportation from a prison in Prague to Terezín; transfer to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen; roll-calls and beatings (she lost vision in one eye after a beating); transfer to Dessau; forced labor at an airplane factory in Raguhn from February until April 1945; the disappearance of guards from a cattle train; and liberation from Terezín. Mrs. S. describes reunion with her husband and emigration with her daughter and husband to the United States in 1949.