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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-468

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    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.
    C., Helen, 1917?-
    Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
    Interview Date
    December 13, 1984.
    Lypcha (Ukraine)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    Helen C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-468). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Wayman, Judie, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 31 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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