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Alli I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-720) interviewed by Robert Levitt and Mark Jacobs

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-720

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.

Author/Creator
I., Alli.
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1985
Interview Date
December 15, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
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.