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Helen N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2568) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2568

Videotape testimony of Helen N., who was born in Rona de Sus, Romania in 1921, one of eleven children. She recalls her family's traditional religious life; working in Săpînța as a dressmaker; violent Hungarian soldiers; food shortages; declining an offer to be hidden by friends; ghettoization with her parents, one sister, and brother in Oradea; their deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her parents (she never saw them again); efforts to remain with her sister; her brother's instructions to eat non-kosher food in order to survive (she never saw him again); being beaten for having a needle and thread; sharing food with her sister; deterioration of health; transfer to a munitions factory; improvement in the food; liberation by United States troops; transfer to Bergen-Belsen refugee camp; searching for other sisters in Landsberg refugee camp; traveling with her future husband to Strasbourg and Paris; marriage in Belgium; and emigration to the United States in 1949.

N., Helen, 1921-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
June 2, 1993.
Rona de Sus (Romania)
Săpînța (Romania)
Strasbourg (France)
Paris (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2568). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.