Alli I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-720) interviewed by Robert Levitt and Mark Jacobs
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1985
- Interview Date
- December 15, 1985.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Alli I. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-720). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Alli I., who was born in Russia and raised in Memel (presently Klaipėda). She recalls many German friends prior to 1938; a German warning them to leave; moving to Kaunas; Soviet occupation; German invasion; briefly fleeing east with her two sisters, brother, father, and niece; returning home; ghettoization; mass killings at the Ninth Fort; hiding during round-ups; forced labor in a laundry; smuggling food; marriage; a round-up when they were found; deportation to Stutthof; separation from her mother and sister (they did not survive); feeling "dead"; slave labor in two camps; a death march; liberation by Soviet troops in April 1944; transfer to Ciechocinek; traveling to Vilnius, then Kaunas; learning her other sister and child in hiding were killed; and reunion with her father, brother, and husband in Munich. Ms. I. discusses loosing all feelings in camps (she never cried then, nor now); painful memories, particularly of her nephew and parting from her mother; not sharing her experiences, even with her children; her over-protective parenting; and attending survivor gatherings in Washington and Philadelphia.