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Helena H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1561) interviewed by Claire Schuschny and Sarah Hirschfield

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1561

Videotape testimony of Helena H., who was born in 1926 in Pilzno, Poland. She recalls her mother's death when she was six; her father's remarriage; German invasion; public humiliation of Jews; forced labor; the influx of Jews from surrounding towns; hiding during the first "aktion" in July 1942 when many relatives were deported; ghettoization; her brother's deportation during the second "aktion" in November; non-Jewish friends helping her join a transport of Polish laborers in December 1942; and her last glimpse of her father. Mrs. H. recounts transfer to Kraków; forced labor in Prokocim concentration camp for a year; encountering many Jews who could have exposed her but chose not to recognize her; obtaining false papers she could not use because they did not "match" her other papers; an Austrian worker choosing her as his servant and bringing her to the Tyrol via Vienna in February 1944; comfortable living conditions in Tyrol; her collapse upon liberation in 1945; and fear of revealing her true identity for another year and a half. She notes she dreams of losing her papers when she is under pressure.

Author/Creator
H., Helena, 1926-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1990
Interview Date
October 22, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helena H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1561). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1093086
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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