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Irma F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1135) interviewed by Sarah Mendel and Steve Barger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1135

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.

Author/Creator
F., Irma.
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1987
Interview Date
November 14, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294815
Record last modified: 2014-06-02 13:50:00
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