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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-554

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.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-554). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.