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Helen R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2539) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2539

Videotape testimony of Helen R., who was born in Lwów, Poland (L'viv, Ukraine) in 1938. She recounts her father's death in 1939; her mother throwing her over a ghetto fence, then climbing over to escape in 1941; her mother acquiring false papers; witnessing her mother's interrogation when she worked as a cook for the German military; being hidden with a farmer; receiving food packages from her mother; being moved to a convent; reunion with her mother after liberation in early 1945; living in Tarnów and Kraków, then Frankfurt and Vienna; her mother's remarriage; emigrating to the United States in 1947 with help from HIAS; learning English; attending school and summer camps; courtships and marriage; the birth of two daughters; and divorce and remarriage. Mrs. R. discusses her coping skills and emotional distance resulting from her experiences; not knowing she was Jewish until her mother's remarriage; identifying herself as a Jew in spite of her ambivalence toward religions; her mother's contact with and financial support of the people who had hidden her; and regret that she could not learn more about their experiences prior to her mother's death. She shows many photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
R., Helen, 1938-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 8, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2539). 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/4287833
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:04:00
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