Isabelle H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1852) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- May 30, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Isabelle H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1852). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Isabelle H., who was born in Czortków, Poland (presently Chortkiv, Ukraine) in 1939. She recounts her first memory of her mother bringing her to a Catholic family (her mother survived on false papers); spending most of her time in the attic; forming close bonds with the family; a few occasions when she was almost discovered; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her mother a year later; living with her in Katowice, then Kraków; hitchhiking to Austria; living at displaced persons camps; visiting her father in Vienna; being rejected since he had a mistress; being smuggled to Milan; living in a displaced persons camp; their emigration to the United States; her mother's remarriage; household responsibilities precluding her attending a performing arts school; briefly attending college; marriage, divorce, and remarriage; and continuing contacts with her rescuers (her mother had them recognized by Yad Vashem). She shows photographs and a shawl her rescuers sent to her beneath which she was often hidden.