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Ellen W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2032) interveiwed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2032

Videotape testimony of Ellen W., who was born in Memel, Lithuania (presently Klaipėda) in 1921. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; her father's death; the family's move to Kaunas in 1939; German invasion in 1941; Lithuanian pogroms; she and her family being saved by their concierge; the disappearance of two brothers; learning they were shot by Lithuanians; ghettoization; a selection in October 1941 in which her mother, brother, and uncle's family were taken (she never saw them again); forced labor outside the ghetto; bartering for food with Lithuanians; working with her sister in a brick factory in another town; returning to the ghetto; transfer with her sister to Stutthof in July 1944, then to labor camps; cold, starvation, and beatings; a death march to Praust; liberation by Soviet troops in March 1945; hospitalization; her sister's death; transfer to a Soviet labor camp in Poland; leaving with assistance from a Jewish organization in Wrocław (Breslau); traveling to Łódź; marriage in 1946; living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; assistance from the Joint; living in Paris; and emigration to the United States in 1953 to join another sister.

W., Ellen, 1921-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
April 7, 1992.
Klaipėda (Lithuania)
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Wrocław (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Paris (France)
2 copies; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ellen W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2032). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.