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Elise S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-558) interviewed by Elizabeth Jacob and Allen M. Siegel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-558

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.

S., Elise, 1906-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
Interview Date
May 19, 1985.
Prague (Czech Republic)
Český Krumlov (Czech Republic)
Bechyně (Czech Republic)
České Budějovice (Czech Republic)
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.
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