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Helen R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4447) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4447

Videotape testimony of Helen R., who was born in Rozwadów, Poland in 1930, the youngest of three children. She recalls living with a loving, extended family; attending Polish and Jewish schools; German invasion; expulsion of all the Jews across the San River to Soviet territory; living with relatives in Z︠H︡ovkva for nine months; deportation with her immediate and extended family to Siberia; briefly living in a barrack, then with a family; her father organizing her brother's clandestine bar mitzvah; transfer to another barrack; one aunt's death; forced labor; meager rations; receiving Passover supplies from a Soviet officer; receiving a package from an uncle in the United States; their release after fourteen months; traveling to Zhizzakh; the deaths of her grandparents and some cousins; moving to Samarqand; establishing a weaving business; attending a Polish school; repatriation to Łódź after the war; learning of the death camps; witnessing the destruction in Kraków; her father selling their house; living in Paris, waiting to emigrate to the United States; staying in a Jewish orphanage; and emigrating to the United States in 1947. Ms. R. discusses learning English from the radio; becoming a speech pathologist; and attributing her family's survival to their Soviet exile. She shows objects and photographs.

R., Helen, 1930-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2011
Interview Date
September 13, 2011.
Soviet Union
Rozwadów (Stalowa Wola, Poland)
Z︠H︡ovkva (Ukraine)
Siberia (Russia)
Zhizzakh viloi︠a︡ti (Uzbekistan)
Samarqand (Uzbekistan)
Łódź (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Paris (France)
3 copies: DV Cam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4447). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.