Irma F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1135) interviewed by Sarah Mendel and Steve Barger
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1987
- Interview Date
- November 14, 1987.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. submaster; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Irma F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1135). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Irma F., who was born in Lobens, Germany (presently Łobżenica, Poland), the youngest of six children. She recounts expulsion from school as a Jew; her parents sending her to live in Łódź in 1939; her mother joining her with her youngest brother and a sister in August; her mother leaving to retrieve possessions from their home; German invasion; learning from her mother's correspondence that her father had been taken to a concentration camp; traveling to Bydgoszcz, posing as a German, to visit her brother; learning he had been killed; traveling to Łobżenica; finding her home abandoned; a non-Jewish neighbor warning her to leave and giving her valuables her parents had left with him; returning to Łódź; using the valuables to pay to have her brother smuggled to the Soviet Union; ghettoization; meeting her future husband; working at a post office; deportation with her sister, her future husband, and his family to Auschwitz in 1944; transfer to Hambühren; slave labor in a salt mine; a brutal beating; recovering with assistance from her future husband's mother and a German guard; death march to Bergen-Belsen; sharing food with her sister; her future husband's mother helping her and her sister when they had typhus; liberation by British troops; the death of her future husband's mother; living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; marriage; moving to Hamburg; her daughter's birth; emigration to the United States; her second daughter's birth; and the deaths of her husband and older daughter. Ms. F. notes most of her large extended family was killed in the Holocaust. She shows photographs.