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Helen R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-325) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-325

Videotape testimony of Helen R., who was born in 1929 in Ti︠a︡chiv Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine), the oldest in a large Hasidic family. She recounts cordial relations with non-Jews; Hungarian occupation in 1939; her father's conscription into a slave labor battalion; anti-Jewish restrictions; harassment by locals; her father's return in March 1944; German invasion; ghettoization; obtaining food from Hungarian friends; her father instructing her and her brother to escape; her unwillingness to leave her family; her brother's escape to Budapest; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; remaining with one sister; one visit from her father when he gave them food (she never saw him again); her sister's selection for death; losing her will to live; transfer to Horneburg; working in an airplane factory; receiving food from a German civilian worker; transfer to Porta Westfalica; a death march to Fallersleben; liberation by United States troops; assistance from the Red Cross; returning to Czechoslovakia; learning her brother had survived; living in Bratislava, then with an uncle in Sudetenland; enrolling with a group in Prague to go to England; living in a group home in Dublin; emigration to the United States; and raising two children. Ms. R. discusses continuing anger arising from her experiences; her children's reluctance to hear her story; and her teaching career.

Author/Creator
R., Helen, 1929-
Published
Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1985
Interview Date
May 5, 1985.
Locale
Ukraine
Ti︠a︡chiv
Czechoslovakia
Ti︠a︡chiv (Ukraine)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Sudetenland (Czech Republic)
Dublin (Ireland)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; 1/2 in. submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-325). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.