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Helen R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1988) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1988

Videotape testimony of Helen R., who was born in Wolbrom, Poland in 1923. She recounts her father's death when she was ten months old; antisemitic harassment by teachers and students in school; her mother's remarriage; moving to Sosnowiec; the births of two half-siblings; German invasion; ghettoization in Srodula; pervasive hunger; deportation with her sister to Guentherbruecke; forced labor in a munitions factory; she and her sister helping each other; receiving extra food from her cousin; transfer to Peterswaldau; liberation by Soviet troops; their return to Sosnowiec; learning her immediate family had been killed; her sister's emigration to Israel; marriage to a survivor; moving to Munich; her daughter's birth; and emigrating to the United States with help from HIAS. Mrs. R. tells of frequently discussing her experiences with her husband; her daughter's resulting depression; deriving strength from discussions of their futures while in camps; and her husband's death.

Author/Creator
R., Helen, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 12, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1988). 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/4285869
Record last modified: 2016-04-25 11:28:00
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