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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.
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.