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Ilse L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-929) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-929

Videotape testimony of Ilse L., who was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1922. Mrs. L. recalls her family's move to Berlin when she was five; losing her Christian governess because of the Nuremberg laws; withdrawing from gymnasium in 1937 when Der Sturmer was placed on her desk; and enrolling in a Jewish school where she excelled in foreign languages. She tells of her parents' friendship with her future in-laws; her future father-in-law's professional relationship with Hjalmar Schacht; her sister's departure for the United States in 1938; her father's deportation to Dachau after Kristallnacht; and her mother's attempts to free her father and emigrate. She describes government confiscation of family assets; her father's release and recuperation; the family's departure for England in early 1939; her education in a French convent in London; and their arrival in America in December 1939. She recounts her courtship and marriage (her husband's family had also emigrated); her husband's army service as an interpreter in a POW camp in the Midwest (U.S.); their careers since the war; being invited in 1985 to visit Berlin; and the lasting psychological effects of her Holocaust experiences.

Author/Creator
L., Ilse, 1922-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
June 16 and June 30, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isle L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-929). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/972016
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