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Ilse S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2722) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Gabriele Schiff,

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    Videotape testimony of Ilse S., who was born in Grottkau, Germany (presently Grodków, Poland) in 1925. She recalls attending Catholic schools; street fights between the Socialists and Nazis; moving to Leobschütz due to antisemitism; anti-Jewish boycotts of the family business; antisemitism at school; increasing anti-Jewish restrictions; destruction of Jewish property on Kristallnacht; her father's incarceration in Buchenwald; her mother's breakdown; failing to recognize her father when he returned; her parents arranging her emigration to England with a children's transport; their instructions that she inform people outside of Germany about the concentration camps; emigration with a kindertransport in April 1939; placement in a foster home in Birmingham; a futile attempt to persuade relatives in Germany to join her (most perished); attending British school; the outbreak of war; air raid drills; moving to Gloucestershire to avoid German air strikes; difficulties in maintaining communication with her parents; living in a refugee hostel in Birmingham; and learning of her parents' forced resettlement (she never heard from them again). Mrs. S. recounts working for the United States Army in Offenbach after the war; futile attempts to find her parents; and emigration to the United States in 1948. She shows photographs and documents.
    S., Ilse, 1925-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
    Interview Date
    May 16, 1993.
    Grodków (Poland)
    Leobschütz (Germany)
    Głubczyce (Poland)
    Birmingham (England)
    Gloucestershire (England)
    Offenbach am Main (Germany)
    Cite As
    Ilse S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2722). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tobin, Phyllis O. Ziman, interviewer.
    Schiff, Gabriele, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 19 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Crystal Night, 1938.

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