Irena K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4417) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2008
- Interview Date
- May 12, 2008.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Irena K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4417). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Irena K., who was born in Velykyĭ Bereznyĭ, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1918, one of seven children. She recalls attending a Czech school; Hungarian occupation; three brothers moving to Budapest; ghettozation with her parents and sister in Uz︠h︡horod; one brother joining them; their deportation to Auschwitz six weeks later; separation from her family with her sister; working in the hospital; defying regulations by allowing visitors; Dr. Gisella Perl giving her life-saving medication when she was ill; her cousin giving birth; the immediate “disappearance” of mother and child; a death march in January 1945 to Rechlin, Malchow, then Ravensbrück; liberation from another death march by Soviet troops; traveling to Prague with her sister; reunion with their brothers; attending a wedding in Satu Mare; meeting her future husband; marriage in 1946; her daughter's birth; her husband's imprisonment by the communists; leaving her daughter with the Red Cross while obtaining his release; moving to Buziaș to wait for emigration papers; traveling to Prague with her daughter; her brother and others in Betar arranging her illegal emigration to Brussels; joining all her siblings in Paris; her husband's arrival; her son's birth; and their emigration to Israel in 1950, then to the United States in 1958. Ms. K. discusses losing all feelings in camps; her sister's support when she lost the will to live; not discussing her experiences so she would not relive the pain; and the limits of language to describe what she experienced.