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Isabella L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1270) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Frances Proctor Cohen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1270

Videotape testimony of Isabella L., who was born in Kisvárda, Hungary, in 1924. Mrs. L. vividly recalls ubiquitous antisemitism during her childhood; her father's attempts to secure visas for them while in the United States organizing an exhibition for the 1939 World's Fair; their difficult situation during the early years of the war; German occupation; ghettoization of Kisvárda; deportation in cattle cars with her family to Auschwitz in May 1944; selection by Mengele; the killing of her mother and youngest sister; and receiving messages from her brother scrawled on scraps of wood. She tells of the pervasive stench of burning flesh; the close bonds among the four surviving sisters; their selection for death; a last minute change resulting in their transport to Birnbäumel in November 1944; digging tank traps in the forest; escaping with two of her sisters during a death march through Jagdschütz (today Jachcice) in January 1945; and liberation by Soviet troops. She relates their journey to Odessa; arrival in New York in May 1945; reunion with her brother; and learning of the torture and death of her other sister at Bergen-Belsen.

L., Isabella, 1924?-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
May 18, 1989.
Kisvárda (Hungary)
Jachcice (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isabella L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1270). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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