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Irene W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2458) interviewed by Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2458

Videotape testimony of Irene S., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1921. She recounts her parents' divorce; attending public school; her close relationship with her grandparents; anti-Jewish restrictions, including expulsion from school; attending a Jewish school; her father's emigration to the Netherlands; his marriage to a non-Jew; attending boarding schools in Belgium and the Netherlands; realizing they had to leave after Kristallnacht; obtaining papers for the United States with assistance from a stranger in Boston who shared their last name; emigration via the Netherlands in July 1939; assistance from HIAS; and futile attempts to obtain papers for her grandmother (she did not survive). Ms. S. discusses her father's survival in hiding; the deaths of relatives; and visiting the Jewish school in Berlin in 1970.

W., Irene, 1921-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1993
Interview Date
June 10, 1993.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Irene W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2458), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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