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Ida S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1547) interviewed by Ruth Harris and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1547

Videotape testimony of Ida S., who was born in Tarnów, Poland in 1921, one of ten children. She recounts her father working as a kosher slaughterer and rabbi; one sister's emigration to Palestine in 1937; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father illegally continuing kosher slaughtering; a sister and brother fleeing to the Soviet Union; ghettoization; deportation of three brothers in June 1942; hiding in sewers, then with her brother-in-law in a cellar; deportation in cattle cars; escaping (she had false papers); returning to the Tarnów ghetto; deportation to Płaszów in 1943; slave labor; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; public hangings; a death march and train transfer to Bergen-Belsen; transfer to a munitions factory, then to Mauthausen; Czechs giving them food en route; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; returning home; recuperating from tuberculosis; living in Kraków; hearing from her sister in Palestine; reunion with her brother; traveling with the Jewish Brigade to Germany; living briefly in a displaced persons camp; moving to Heidelberg; and emigration to the United States. Ms. S. discusses keeping her father's pocket watch and family photographs throughout the war and sharing her experiences with her children and grandchildren. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Ida, 1921-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
Interview Date
February 1, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ida S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1547). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.