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Irene B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3949) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3949

Videotape testimony of Irene B., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1922. She recalls Hitler's warm reception during the Anschluss; expulsion from school; her parents sending her younger sister to relatives in Czechoslovakia; Nazis vandalizing their apartment during Kristallnacht; her father's incarceration in Dachau; she and her mother moving in with relatives; emigration to Palestine with a Youth Aliyah group; a painful parting from her mother; living on a kibbutz; contacts with Henrietta Szold; visiting her parents and sister in the United States in 1947; serving in the Magen Daṿid adom during the 1948 War; studying music; emigration to the United States; two marriages; and the births of a daughter and son. Ms. B. notes the killing of most of her relatives; her good fortune; and doing volunteer work to "give back." Ms. B. shows documents and photographs.

B., Irene, 1922-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1996
Interview Date
October 18, 1996.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irene B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3949). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.