Helga B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2341) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- December 3, 1993.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Helga B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2341). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Helga B., who was born in Berlin, Germany in approximately 1928. She recalls her chronic childhood illness; her family's strong German Jewish identity; the impact of the Nuremberg laws on her life, including having to attend a Jewish school; the glass-littered Kurfürstendamm following Kristallnacht; her father fleeing to Holland (she never saw him again); and being smuggled into Belgium with her mother in the summer of 1939. Mrs. B. recounts living in Brussels; attending a Catholic school; German occupation; deteriorating conditions; receiving assistance from the Joint; the trauma of her mother's death in May 1942; working in Jewish children's homes in Brussels and Wezembeek; evacuating the children when the underground warned of an impending raid; and liberation by Allied troops. She describes working in Belgium; emigration to join relatives in the United States in 1950; the psychological impact of her experience including her continuing sense of the loss of her parents; and speaking to groups and classes about the Holocaust. She reads her poetry and shows cards her father sent from Theresienstadt.