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Helen F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-554) interviewed by Sandra Kroff and Louis Rosenblum,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-554

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Helen F., who was born in Koło, Poland in 1923. She recalls her happy childhood; German invasion; fleeing to Warsaw in December 1939; returning to Koło; returning to Warsaw after learning her family was there; her sister's departure for the Soviet zone in May 1940; ghettoization; trying to maintain some normalcy; starvation and typhus; traveling with false papers to Lublin to visit her grandfather; her mother's killing during a round-up in August 1942; escaping from the Umschlagplatz with assistance from her cousin; hiding in a factory cellar for almost a year; her marriage in February 1943; escaping through the sewers with her father and husband during the ghetto uprising; her father hiding with assistance from a Polish woman (he was later denounced and killed); fleeing to Vienna with her husband after their hiding place was exposed; working at a factory, posing as non-Jewish Polish workers; Allied bombings in 1944; revealing they were Jewish after the war; and emigrating to the United States in 1947. Mrs. F. discusses ghetto life in detail; postwar depression; and her discomfort during a trip to Poland in 1968.
    Author/Creator
    F., Helen, 1923-
    Published
    Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1984
    Interview Date
    June 24, 1984.
    Locale
    Poland
    Warsaw
    Koło (Województwo Wielkopolskie, Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Lublin (Poland)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Cite As
    Helen F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-554). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 24 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    False papers.
    Hiding.
    Marriage in Jewish ghettos.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1108234
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:46:00
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