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Ilona S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2953) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2953

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    Videotape testimony of Ilona S., who was born in Kapuvár, Hungary in 1917. She recalls attending Jewish and secular schools; cordial relations with non-Jews; marriage in 1939; moving to Pápa; her daughter's birth in 1941; German occupation; her husband's arrest; seeing him only one more time; expulsion from her home; forced transfer to Budapest; the birth of her second daughter; bombing of the Jewish hospital; living in the ghetto; an accident in which the baby was seriously burned; cold, hunger and lack of sanitary facilities; liberation by Soviet troops in 1945; her older daughter's death; learning her parents and sister had not survived; returning home; learning in 1947 that her husband had not survived; remarriage to a man whose family had perished; their successful winery; the birth of their child; government confiscation of their business; illegal emigration to Austria in the mid 1950s; help from her uncle in Vienna; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. S. discusses her husband's emotional problems; her career; difficulty sharing her experiences because of her family losses; and the importance of emotional support from her children and grandchildren.
    S., Ilona, 1917-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 14, 1994.
    Kapuvár (Hungary)
    Pápa (Hungary)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Cite As
    Ilona S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2953). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Dwork, Bonnie, interviewer.
    Schiff, Gabriele, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (55 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Husband Death.

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