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Elsie B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1228) interviewed by Stanley Friedman and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1228

Videotape testimony of Elsie B., who was born in Czernowitz, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Chernivt︠s︡i, Ukraine) in 1912. She recalls her father's death in World War I; two sisters' emigration to the United States; a brother's death in 1927; marriage in 1936; Soviet occupation; her daughter's birth in 1941; German invasion; living with a cousin to avoid deportation; traveling to Mogilev, then Luchenits; living with a Jewish woman for a year; her husband leaving for forced labor; hospitalization; insisting her daughter remain with her; liberation about eight months later; reunion with her husband; returning to Czernowitz; her husband hiding to avoid military draft; joining a Zionist organization; traveling to Rădăuți, then Bucharest; illegal emigration to Palestine; embarkation in Haifa; incarceration on Cyprus for almost a year; her second daughter's birth in 1948; her husband's death in 1955; emigration to the United States in 1958; and returning to Israel.

Author/Creator
B., Elsie, 1912-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
May 25, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elsie B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1228). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.