Ella A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4332) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2005
- Interview Date
- June 6, 2005.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ella A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4332). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ella A., who was born in Mukacheve, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1925, one of six children. She recalls being poor, but happy; cordial relations with non-Jews; apprenticing as a seamstress; belonging to Mizrachi; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions, including confiscation of her father's business; one brother's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; German occupation in spring 1944; round-up to the ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her immediate family; staying with cousins; crying all the time; refusing to eat; a prisoner compelling her to eat; Gisella Perl delivering a baby in her barrack (it was killed by prisoners); transport in open freight cars to Ravensbrück, then three weeks later to Bendorf; slave labor in an underground munitions factory; train transfer in March; liberation from the train by a Count Bernadotte Red Cross group; transfer to Landskrona; quarantine for six weeks; living in Värnamo; learning her father and a brother had survived; emigration to join relatives in the United States; visiting her father and brother in Mukacheve in 1969; their emigration to Israel in 1972; and frequently visiting them. Ms. A. discusses not sharing her experiences for over twenty years; mental and physical illness resulting from the war years; psychological help after her daughter's death; and her sense that she can never be completely happy.