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Helen M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2063) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Pam Goodman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2063

Videotape testimony of Helen M., who was born in Przytyk, Poland in 1920. She recalls German invasion; forced relocation to Wierzbica; forced labor; escaping to local partisans; being hidden by a Polish farmer; the farmer asking her to leave fearing exposure; moving to another farm, then Szydłowiec; hiding during a round-up; arrest; escaping by bribing a policeman; learning her older brother was killed; hiding with a Polish man; traveling to Radom; entering the ghetto; forced labor in Ostrowiec; transfer to Auschwitz; separation from her younger brother (she never saw him again); evacuation to Gebhardsdorf in November 1944; a death march to Kratzau, then Georgenthal; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. M. describes her return to Poland; futile efforts to find family; joining her aunt in Prague; moving to Feldafing displaced persons camp; marriage; emigration to the United States in 1949; and discussing her experiences with her children. Mrs. M. shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Helen, 1920-
Published
New York, N. Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
May 5, 1992.
Locale
Poland
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Przytyk (Poland)
Weirzbica (Poland)
Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2063). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.