Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Ida B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-848) interviewed by Martin S. Harris and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-848

Videotape testimony of Ida B., who was born in Węgrów, Poland in 1910, the youngest of twelve children. She recounts that both of her parents had been married before (they each had five children); one brother being killed during World War I; her father's death in 1920; another brother's death; training as a seamstress; a nephew's emigration to Palestine in 1936; her marriage in 1937; moving to Pinsk; her husband's draft into the Soviet military; returning home after German invasion; hiding; returning home in 1943 (her family were all gone); joining other Jews after the war; learning of cousins who had survived in hiding; the murder of a Jewish friend by Poles; leaving with the few remaining Jews; living in Łódź; depression and suicidal thoughts; learning her husband was alive; a two-day visit from him (he was still in the military); regaining her desire to live when she learned she was pregnant; her husband's return; living in Lampertheim displaced persons camp; her daughter's birth; assistance from the Joint and UNRRA; emigration to the United States, with assistance from the Joint and HIAS; her second daughter's birth; and her husband's disability and early death.

B., Ida, 1910-
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
March 12, 1987.
Węgrów (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Pinsk (Belarus)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ida B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-848). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
View in Yale University Library Catalog:
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:25:00
This page: