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Ilsa C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2619) interviewed by Rex Rains and Maureen Wilt,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2619

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Ilsa C., who was born in Hamm, Germany in 1916 and raised in Geilenkirchen. She recounts a large, extended family, their strong German identity; cordial relations with non-Jews until Hitler came to power; attending Catholic school; studying in Aachen and Berlin; official hiding of overt antisemitism during the 1936 Olympics; meeting her future husband in Cologne; obtaining papers to emigrate to the United States; returning home for a few months; going to the railroad station with her family during Kristallnacht; traveling to Cologne; visiting her parents in Aachen (the last time she saw them); emigrating with her brother to the United States via England (her future husband had already arrived); continuing to hear from her parents for a while; and her sister's emigration to England. Ms. C. discusses her father's reluctance to leave Germany, not wanting to leave his parents and never having been out of Germany; the deaths of most of her relatives due to that reluctance; and her difficulty conveying the fear they lived with every day.
    Author/Creator
    C., Ilsa, 1916-
    Published
    Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
    Interview Date
    August 16, 1994.
    Locale
    Hamm (Koblenz, Germany)
    Germany
    Aachen (Germany)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Geilenkirchen (Germany)
    Cologne (Germany)
    Cite As
    Ilsa C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2619). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rains, Rex, interviewer.
    Wilt, Maureen, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (50 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296918
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:33:00
    This page:
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