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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.
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.