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Helen C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-468) interviewed by Judie Wayman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-468

Videotape testimony of Helen C., who was born in Lypcha, Ukraine (then the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy) in approximately 1917, one of five siblings. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; working on their farm; becoming a seamstress; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish restrictions; moving to Budapest in 1942; working as a housekeeper; incarceration in a brick factory; deportation to Ravensbrück; slave labor; being subjected to painful medical experiments; sharing food with a fellow prisoner; transfer to Rechlin after one year; praying to herself; escaping from a death march; liberation by Soviet troops; walking to Berlin; hospitalization; returning home in August 1945; reunion with her brother; traveling illegally to Prague, then Germany, with assistance from the Haganah; living in Bad Reichenhall displaced persons camp; assistance from the Joint and the Red Cross; marriage; her husband's job for UNRRA; recuperating from lung disease in a sanatorium; and emigration with her husband and brother to join relatives in the United States in 1949. Ms. C. notes the killing of fifty relatives; retaining her faith; nightmares of fleeing from Nazis; and sharing her experiences with her children.

Author/Creator
C., Helen, 1917?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
December 13, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-468). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.