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Oral history interview with Edna B. Ipson

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0358

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Edna B. Ipson, born on December 15, 1913 in Kaunas, Lithuania, describes growing up in a well-off, religious family; working as a sales girl and model for a clothing store before the war; living with her husband, son, and parents in the “big” Kaunas ghetto; digging trenches for the Nazis, which allowed her to leave the ghetto and make contact with Christians, who gave her food; escaping the ghetto with her husband and son by cutting the wire fence surrounding the ghetto; going into hiding with one of the Christian farmers she had met; finding another hiding place in the home of a Polish Catholic family and living in an underground bunker built by her husband; hiding in the bunker until the Russian army liberated them in 1944; returning to Kaunas with her family after liberation; moving to the American zone of Germany and living in Munich in 1945; getting passage to the United States through a sister who lived in Richmond, VA; and setting up a new life within the Jewish community of Richmond.

Interviewee
Edna B. Ipson
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1995 December 02  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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