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Ellen S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-204) interviewed by Laurel Vlock and Dori Laub,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-204

Videotape testimony of Ellen S., a non-Jew who was born in Bohemia. Mrs. S. describes her life in Plzeň; her limited yet positive contact with Jews; the German occupation and increasing restrictions on her freedom; her apprenticeship to a dressmaker; and her peripheral knowledge of the Jewish situation. She relates the shock of seeing a deportation train full of abused prisoners, and her thwarted attempts to feed them; her subsequent attempts to aid people when possible; and the inability of the church to address the immediate situation. She also speaks of meeting the American G.I. who was to become her husband; emigration to the United States; her general disillusionment; and her regret that she was unable to help more than she did.

S., Ellen, 1923-
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
June 16, 1980.
Bohemia (Czech Republic)
Plzeň (Czech Republic)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ellen S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-204). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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