Inoszka Lady of Camster

Unlike most eyewitnesses, she experienced the Shoah in her earliest childhood. Inoszka Lady of Camster was born in Poland in 1942. She came to the Stutthof concentration camp at the age of three and survived Auschwitz and a death march. For a long time Lady Inoszka did not remember all that until, far after the war in a supervision, she suddenly had disturbing pictures in mind and so the memories came back. Since then, she has been able to explain many of her paintings painted to date and also attributes illnesses to the experiences during the Shoah, during which she was abused, among other things. After the war, Lady Inoszka experienced exclusion and many obstacles. Nevertheless, she managed to complete a degree in German studies, to do his doctorate and to join a therapist training. Today she lives in Frankfurt and runs her own therapy practice, where she specializes in transgender and social advocacy for disadvantaged people.

“I know that I have always sought solace in nature – in sunflowers, poppies, yes, nasturtium. These are the things where I found the consolation. By the sun – and – I am already very miserable, when I think of it, what is behind it, that I needed so much comfort. “


Inoszka Lady of Camster

The Interview

Excited, we stumble into the practice of Inoszka Lady of Camster in Frankfurt. Today we meet for the first time a woman who survived the Shoah as a toddler and will tell us about it. We step over the threshold and Inoszka asks us to take a seat in the kitchen for a moment, as she is at the end of a therapy session with a patient. Anyone who now imagines a sterile white practice is wrong. We have less the feeling of being in practice rooms, but in the private dwelling of a person who has already traveled a lot and brought back a memory from every corner of the earth. Curious, we look at the many pictures and objects in the room, as the practice door opens and we still see out of the corner of the eye, a tall person with a bright-blonde wig and miniskirt the practice. A transsexual who is treating Inoszka as well as many others.

Inoszka welcomes us warmly and in her practice room the fascination overtops us. There are things everywhere. Pictures and drawings ;. Figures from Africa, from the Orient, cuddly toys from the fair. Flowers – real and fake ;. Pieces of furniture that seem completely jumbled and yet give a wonderful picture. We can take a seat and clear ourselves of objects. And there she is: Inoszka Lady of Camster. A woman whose appearance is even more exciting than that of the apartment. She has dyed hair, drawn eyebrows, an intense look. We first talk about the different pieces in the [3] room, get to know each other and then start the interview. For us, a challenge, because while in our previous interviews with survivors of the Shoah the first questions about childhood usually still bring back nice memories of a good time with the beloved family, the question of Inoszka’s childhood is the one directly into the worst and most painful chapter of her life. Today we need a longer moment to find the right pace. But Inoszka is open, understanding and patient in her answers. She answers each of our questions. She tells us about pen pals and shows us letters and words that mean a lot to her. For this she pulls out of the depths of the room old boxes to show us important pieces. In the meantime, she also sits down at her computer and points us to various e-mails and shows us photos.

A very special moment is when Inoszka shows us pictures and drawings that we do not know from a publication of her drawings. These are the images of terrible moments that Inoszka had to see and experience at the Stutthof concentration camp. At times, it is very difficult for us to maintain our composure. Not to scare too loud when she shows us what she herself experienced. After many hours we stumble out of their practice again and this evening is long. For a long time we are talking about what we learned from Inoszka today and we are talking about Inoszka herself. About this woman who impressed us so hard and showed us how often in life you can get the power to rise. We are overwhelmed and we are just sorry that there are people like Inoszka who suffer so many setbacks and injuries. Expressing oneself in pictures and above all else helping others is Inoszka’s personal therapy. It gives other people courage – as well as us.

What is HEIMATSUCHER?

Wir von HEIMATSUCHER e.V. interviewen Zeitzeug*innen des Holocausts, dokumentieren ihre Geschichten und erzählen sie dann in Schulklassen und unserer Ausstellung weiter. Der Überlebende Elie Wiesel sagte einmal: »Jeder der heute einem Zeitzeugen zuhört, wird selbst ein Zeuge werden.« Und so sehen wir unseren Auftrag darin, als »Zweitzeug*innen«, (junge) Menschen stark gegen jegliche Art von Rassismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit zu machen. HEIMATSUCHER e.V. ist laut § 78 SGB VIII anerkannter Träger der freien Jugendhilfe.

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