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Irene B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1058) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1058

Videotape testimony of Irene B., a twin, who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1926. She recalls her father's position as a district attorney; attending a Catholic school; her father's dismissal from his job due to the Nuremberg laws; expulsion from school; attending a Jewish school; no longer having servants, although one, an anti-Nazi, continued to work for them; their chauffeur warning her father to leave; men coming for him; his return a week later; seeing damage after Kristallnacht; placement with her sister on a kindertransport; arrival in London in January 1939; attending a Jewish boarding school in Hove; losing contact with her parents when the war began; evacuation of the school to Wales due to German bombing; working in London after graduation; frequent bombings; and joining their parents in the United States in 1943. Ms. B. discusses her father's participation in the Nuremberg trails; easier adjustments because her sister was always with her; living three distinct lives - in Germany, England, and the United States; and strengthening of her Jewish identity due to her experiences.

B., Irene, 1926-
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
July 30, 1987.
London (England)
Berlin (Germany)
Hove (England)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irene B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1058). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.