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Irene W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-65) interviewed by Dori Laub and Sergio Rothstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-65

Videotape testimony of Irene W., who was born in Poprad, Czechoslovakia in 1930. Mrs. W. describes her childhood; the German occupation of the Sudetenland and her subsequent fear; the liquidation of her town; her family's deportation, first to Munkács, then to Auschwitz, where they were separated upon arrival; and her sustaining relationship with her sister, with whom she survived the war. She tells of working in the "Canada" kommando in Auschwitz; the death march from Auschwitz; starvation; and liberation. She also recalls her ability to survive by dissociating herself from the horrors to which she was subjected; her feelings upon returning to her home town shortly after liberation; her powerful reaction to the Auschwitz Album, in which she recognized herself; and the pervasive pessimism which she now feels.

W., Irene, 1930-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1982
Interview Date
November 7, 1982.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Irene W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-65). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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