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Ilona S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1102) interviewed by Jolly Zeleny,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1102

Videotape testimony of Ilona S., who was born in Maria-Theresiopel, Hungary (today Subotica, Yugoslavia), in 1909. Mrs. S. tells of her family's move to Đakovo in 1914; relocation to Osijek a few years later; marriage in 1929; the death of a brother; birth of her daughters in 1930 and 1933; her husband's reluctance to emigrate and leave his parents; the 1941 German invasion; and her husband's capture and internment in Osnabrück as a Yugoslav POW. She recalls seizure of the family's assets and apartment; deportation of her other brother to Jasenovac (where he died in 1945); hiding her daughters with a Croatian woman; deportation of her in-laws in August 1942; escaping in disguise with Muslims to Sarajevo, then Mostar; reunion with her daughters; internment by the Italians on the resort island of Lopud; transfer to the island camp of Rab; and Italian capitulation. She relates their escape to the mainland; hiding in forests and begging for food; arrival in Topusko in February 1945; liberation by Partisan forces; reunion with her husband (who had escaped and joined the Partisans); and their emigration to Israel in 1948.

S., Ilona, 1909-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
August 17, 1988.
Topusko (Croatia)
Subotica (Subotica, Serbia)
Đakovo (Croatia)
Osijek (Croatia)
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Lopud Island (Croatia)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ilona S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1102). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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