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Irene S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-98) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-98

Videotape testimony of Irene S., who was born in 1925 in the Galician town of Vizezhany and grew up in Grudziadz, Poland. She describes her life as the daughter of a prominent local musician; her family's move to Białystok in 1938; and their life there under Russian and German occupation. She speaks of the ghettoization of Białystok; ghetto life; her underground activities there; and her capture and transport to Majdanek by way of Treblinka. She tells of her experiences in Majdanek; in a small nearby labor camp; in Auschwitz; and as a slave laborer in Germany where she was liberated by the Americans in Kaunitz. Mrs. S. notes the fates of family members; postwar experiences working as a translator; and her emigration to the United States. She also makes reference to Jewish self-deception during the Holocaust; sings songs sung by Jews during the war, including some of her own composition; and asserts her belief in the possibility of a more humane world.

Author/Creator
S., Irene, 1925-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
April 18, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irene S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-98). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.