Ildi I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1326) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1989
- Interview Date
- December 10, 1989.
- 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.
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.