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Helga F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2319) interviewed by Elizabeth Jacob,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2319

Videotape testimony of Helga F., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1926. She recounts increasing anti-Jewish actions; expulsion from public school in 1936; attending Jewish school; visiting relatives in Sweden who warned them to emigrate; her sense that Kristallnacht marked the end of her childhood; fleeing to Paris with her parents; her father's incarceration as an enemy alien prior to German invasion; his return after the invasion; his death from a heart attack in 1942; anti-Jewish regulations; being rounded-up with her mother in the Vélodrome d'hiver; her mother's release due to an influential friend; communicating with her mother with assistance from Vélodrome d'hiver employees; release before the final deportation; hiding with her mother under false papers from August 1943 until liberation in August 1944; working for the Joint; marriage to an American soldier; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. F. discusses her scars: loss of childhood; rootlessness; and recovering her identity. She notes that her children know she is a survivor, but she does not want to burden them with the details.

F., Helga, 1926-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1993
Interview Date
January 31, 1993.
Berlin (Germany)
Paris (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helga F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2319). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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