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Helga K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2918) interviewed by Lilian Sicular and Kathy Strochlic

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2918

Videotape testimony of Helga K., who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1922. She recalls her family's comfortable, middle-class life in Godesberg; attending church; Nazi ascent to power; learning her father was half-Jewish and her mother Jewish; her family's baptism in 1933; antisemitic measures; expulsion from school; her parents' futile efforts to emigrate; her father's arrest and release during Kristallnacht; her brother's emigration to the United States; her emigration to England in July 1939 to work as a domestic; the outbreak of war; internment as an enemy alien; learning of her father's suicide; loneliness and isolation; war's end; applying for work in Germany to try to find her mother (she had perished); working in the American censorship office in Germany, then as an interpreter in Nuremberg for the war crime trials in 1946; meeting her future husband; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. K. discusses the defendants' absence of remorse at the trials; the importance of standing up for moral issues; her strong ethnic Jewish identity; her brother's identity as a Christian; discussing her past with her children; frequent trips to Germany; and increased understanding of the Holocaust and her bereavement following her son's death. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
K., Helga, 1922-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
November 9, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helga K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2918). 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/4289267
Record last modified: 2016-03-28 10:32:00
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