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Irmgard K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3393) interviewed by Cathy S. Gelbin and Angela Reinhard,

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    Videotape testimony of Irmgard K., who was born in Breslau (presently Wrocław, Poland), Germany in 1915, the youngest of five children of a Jewish father and Christian mother. She recounts attending synagogue and learning Hebrew; her father's death in 1924; antisemitic harassment; active participation in Social Democratic Party youth groups; her siblings' emigration to France in the early 1930s; her mother joining them; several arrests for anti-Nazi activities; engagement to a non-Jew; the Nuremberg laws prohibition against their marriage; her fiancé's arrest for anti-Nazi activities; one brother's death in the Spanish Civil War, and a sister's death from illness; compulsory wearing of the star in spite of not thinking of herself as a Jew; her fiancé's military draft; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; removing her star en route, which resulted in being categorized as a German political prisoner; slave labor sewing and transplanting trees; hospitalization for typhus; assistance from a Czech prisoner who saved many lives and allowed her to remain there to work; helping a sick French prisoner survive; assignment to the hospital kitchen; observing the drowning of infants after women gave birth; asking Dr. Werner Rohde to save her pregnant friend from death (he did); volunteering for a transport of half-Jews to Ravensbrück; living in France for two years after the war; and returning to Germany two years later to marry her fiancé. Ms. K. discusses not fearing death in the camps, and identifying a prisoner official who had been convicted at Nuremberg but fled. She shows photographs and documents.
    K., Irmgard, 1915-
    Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
    Interview Date
    August 18, 1995.
    Wrocław (Poland)
    Cite As
    Irmgard K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3393). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Gelbin, Cathy S., interviewer.
    Reinhard, Angela, interviewer.
    This testimony is in German.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr. 22 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Nuremberg laws.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Mutual aid.
    Childbirth in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.

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