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Helena C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1105) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1105

Videotape testimony of Helena C., who was born in Piaseczno, Poland in 1926. She recalls attending public school; German invasion; forced transfer to the Warsaw ghetto; living with relatives due to a housing shortage; her father's difficulty finding work resulting in his volunteering for "settlement in the East;" her brother's transport soon after; and living in an orphanage with her younger sister. Mrs. C. comments on the "normality" of the dead and dying on the streets, typhus and starvation since, as a child, she knew nothing else. She describes hiding during round-ups; social and educational activities; working in a brush factory; hiding in a bunker in April 1943 during the uprising; contacts with the underground; discovery of their bunker; and deportation. She recounts escaping from the train; wandering in villages; working on a farm in Kępa from May 1943 onward as a non-Jew; and remaining until liberation in January 1945 despite being exposed as a Jew. Mrs. C. tells of returning and finding no Jews in Piaseczno; joining a cousin in Warsaw; living with other young people after her cousin's emigration; continuing her studies; and Polish antisemitism leading to emigration to the United States with her son in 1969.

C., Helena, 1926-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
August 9, 1988.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Helena C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1105). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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