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Ingeborg W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-335) interviewed by Rita Stonehill

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-335

Videotape testimony of Ingeborg W., who was born in Hannover, Germany in 1923. She recalls increasing antisemitism; expulsion with her parents and younger sister to Zbąszyń in October 1938 because her father was a Polish citizen; assistance from Polish Jews; living with an aunt in Kalisz; forced transfer to Kraków, then Szczerców; smuggling themselves to Warta; imprisonment in Szczerców; ghettoization in Warta; a public hanging of Jewish community leaders; separation from her mother and sister at a selection (she never saw them again); transfer with her father to the Łódź ghetto; forced labor in a munitions factory; her father's privileged kitchen position; his smuggling food to her; deportation to Auschwitz two years later; help from a fellow prisoner (they remain friends to the present); separation from her father; seeing him one last time; transfer ten days later to Bergen-Belsen; her friend smuggling food from her kitchen job; a severe beating when they were caught; liberation by British troops; living in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; assistance from the Red Cross; moving to Hannover; marriage; her son's birth in 1948; emigration to the United States in 1949; and her second son's birth. Ms. W. notes emotional and health problems due to her experiences and not sharing her experiences with her sons until they were older.

Author/Creator
W., Ingeborg, 1923-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 24, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ingeborg W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-335). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.