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Helen N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1163) interviewed by Sandy Hoffman and Rosie Frydman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1163

Videotape testimony of Helen N., who was born in Ozorków, Poland in 1924, one of four children. She recalls her father was a jeweler; attending public school; German invasion; anti-Jewish regulations; ghettoization; deportation to the Łódź ghetto; forced labor; being saved from deportation by a cousin who was a policeman; hiding her brother due to his frailty; their deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; transfer with her sister to Hamburg three days later (she never saw the rest of her family again); forced labor clearing bombing rubble; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; recovering for several months; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; marriage; her daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. N. discusses the trauma of separation from her mother in Auschwitz and maintaining hope through hate for Hitler and wishes for his death. She reads a poem she wrote.

N., Helen, 1924-
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1988
Interview Date
November 8, 1988.
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1163). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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