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Ida N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2428) interviewed by Gillian Green Douek,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2428

Videotape testimony of Ida N., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924, the oldest of ten children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; living with relatives in Kraków; German invasion; returning home; one brother fleeing to Warsaw (she never saw him again); ghettoization; her father's death from starvation; deportation with her mother and siblings to Auschwitz; separation from her family (she never saw them again); wanting to die; transfer to Bremen; slave labor; a death march and train transport to Bergen-Belsen; lying next to corpses; liberation; assistance from the Red Cross; depression resulting from the realization her family had not survived and she had no one for whom to live; being moved to Sweden; recuperating and making friends; an aunt from England contacting her; emigrating to join her; marriage; and the births of her children and grandchildren. Ms. N. discusses the terrible impact of starvation; vivid painful memories of her childhood and family; and difficulty discussing her experiences.

N., Ida, 1924-
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 25, 1993.
Łódź (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ida N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2428). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.