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Helen F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-456) interviewed by Lee Rosenberg,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-456

Videotape testimony of Helen F., who was born in approximately 1930 in Crăciunești, Romania, an only child. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; a happy childhood; attending theater in Sighet; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's trip to Košice in 1944 (she never saw him again); transfer to a ghetto in April; deportation to Auschwitz in May; separation from her mother (she never saw her again); crying all the time; losing her belief in God; smuggling herself to her cousins' block; transfer a month later with four friends to a camp in Germany; slave labor in a munitions factory, then digging trenches; a back injury from which she still suffers; a beating by the guards; train transport; Allied bombings; a Wehrmacht soldier assisting her wounded friend; a death march; liberation by British troops; returning home via Bratislava and Budapest; threats from non-Jewish neighbors living in her home; living with cousins in Velykyy Bychkiv; moving to Germany in 1946; marriage; living in Frankfurt; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Ms. F. notes not sharing her experiences until a 1981 survivor gathering in Jerusalem; sharing her experiences with her son; pervasive painful memories; health problems resulting from the camps; and re-attaining her belief in God.

Author/Creator
F., Helen, 1930?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
December 11, 1984.
Locale
Romania
Crăciunești (Romania)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
Velykyĭ Bychkiv (Ukraine)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Sighet (Romania)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-456). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.