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Ildi I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1326) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1326

Videotape testimony of Ildi I., who was born in approximately 1933 and raised in Zrenjanin (presently Serbia), Yugoslavia. She recalls her father's military service; being sent with her brother to live with an uncle in Hungarian-occupied territory in 1941 (she never saw her parents again); separation from her brother when she was sent to her maternal aunt (a physician) and grandmother in Subotica; German occupation in 1944; ghettoization; deportation to Bácsalmás, another camp in Austria, then Bergen-Belsen; wandering to other areas of the camp; her aunt working in the clinic; betting with other children on which prisoners conveying corpses in hand wagons would collapse; attending a cabaret; frequent deaths from sickness and starvation; transfer to Theresienstadt in March 1944; liberation by Soviet troops; and assistance from the Red Cross. Ms. I. discusses her brother's survival; viewing life and frequent death in concentration camps as "normal" since it was all she knew; and continuing fear of the dark and being alone resulting from her experiences. She reads from her mother's last letter and shows photographs.

Author/Creator
I., Ildi, 1933?-
Published
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1989
Interview Date
December 10, 1989.
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ildi I. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1326). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4283745
Record last modified: 2015-06-11 14:07:00
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