Ivar S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1092) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Sara Moss Herz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
- Interview Date
- June 9, 1988.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ivar S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1092). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ivar S., who was born in Klaipeda, Lithuania, in 1930. He recalls his sheltered life as an only child in a close family; the city's de facto unification with East Prussia in 1939; his family's departure for Lithuania; and several relocations to small towns. He tells of the Soviet and German occupations; moving to Kovno; ghettoization; a German Jewish member of the Judenrat who hid them from round-ups; training as a machinist in an ORT school; and his bar mitzvah in the ghetto in 1943. He describes the ghetto's liquidation; deportation with his parents to Stutthof; separation from his mother; transport to Dachau; separation from his father and placement in a children's block; transport to Auschwitz; forced farm labor with a group of German political prisoners; transport to Buchenwald; and liberation in April 1945. He reflects on postwar life in an OSE orphanage in southern France; hoping in vain to find his parents; emigrating in 1947 to join relatives in the United States; and his sense of bewilderment and terror after separation from his parents.