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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2722

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.

Author/Creator
S., Ilse, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
May 16, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ilse S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2722). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288745
Record last modified: 2015-06-16 14:09:00
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