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Ida B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3598) interviewed by Arkadiĭ Shulʹman, and Ina Gurary,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3598

Videotape testimony of Ida B., who was born in the Smolensk region of Russia in 1919. She recalls a happy childhood; participating in Komsomol; medical studies in Smolensk; internship in her town; German invasion in 1941; her family's futile attempt to flee; finding their house destroyed; receiving food and housing from non-Jewish friends; Germans taking her and her brother to Demidov; forced labor; sexual assault by a German soldier (another woman was raped); escaping with her brother; ghettoization; slave labor digging trenches; mass shootings; her father planning their escape; leaving separately according to the plan; traveling toward Moscow; hiding with a non-Jewish woman in Vysokinichi; liberation by Soviet troops; living with her sister in Moscow; evacuation with an uncle and aunt to Kotlas; working as a doctor; imprisonment as a suspected German spy; all-night interrogations; transfer to prison in Arkhangelʹsk; release when her identity was confirmed in her hometown; learning her parents and brothers were killed; completing medical school; marriage to a Jewish officer whose family had been killed in Minsk; recurring dreams of her parents; sharing her experience; her son's emigration to Israel with his family; and her uncle arranging a monument in her hometown to those killed by the Nazis. She shows photographs.

B., Ida, 1919-
Minsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 2, 1995.
Smolensk (Russia)
Demidov (Russia)
Vysokinichi (Russia)
Moscow (Russia)
Kotlas (Russia)
Arkhangelʹsk (Russia)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ida B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3598). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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