Helen R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2539) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Gabriele Schiff
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 8, 1992.
- 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.
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.