Helen R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1988) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- November 12, 1991.
- 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.
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.