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Ilse A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1775) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1775

Videotape testimony of Ilse A., who was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany circa 1922. She recalls a happy childhood; Hitler's ascent to power in 1933; one brother's emigration to Australia; anti-Jewish laws resulting in expulsion from school; her family's move to Amsterdam; discrimination because she was German; a dressmaker's apprenticeship; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures despite sympathy from the Dutch; her grandmother's deportation; her father learning they were to be deported; contacting the underground; receiving false papers; being transported to Apeldoorn with her parents (her brother and sister were hidden elsewhere); moving away from her parents when their hiding place was compromised; remaining indoors for years, sewing and teaching herself English; British paratroopers landing in Arnhem in 1944, resulting in its evacuation to their town; posing as an evacuee; visiting her parents; liberation by Canadian troops in April 1945; reunion with her parents and siblings; returning to Amsterdam; her father's death in 1945; emigration to Australia in 1946; marriage in 1947; and the birth of two children. Mrs. A. discusses traveling to Israel in 1979 for the ceremony honoring her family's rescuers at Yad Vashem.

A., Ilse, ca. 1922.
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
May 23, 1991.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Apeldoorn (Netherlands)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ilse A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1775). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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