Helen F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-477) interviewed by Sally Weinberg
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- December 20, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Helen F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-477). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Helen F., who was born in Khust, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in approximately 1926, one of eleven children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions and harassment; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944; separation from her parents and younger siblings (she never saw them again); remaining with her sisters; transfer to a farm; slave labor with two sisters digging anti-tank trenches; another sister working for a German soldier and sharing extra food with them; a death march; escaping with her sisters and two other girls; posing as non-Jews; receiving aid and shelter from farmers; denouncement as Jews; imprisonment; release due to a friendly Pole; working in a lumberyard; liberation by Soviet troops; meeting a cousin; working for the Soviets; hospitalization in Leipzig; traveling to Prague, then Budapest in May 1945; reunion with an uncle; living in Debrecen, then Prague; reunion with her older sister; moving to Leipheim displaced persons camp; marriage in 1946; and emigration to the United States in 1949 with assistance from the Joint. Ms. F. discusses the importance of her sisters to her survival; recurring nightmares; pervasive painful memories; and not sharing her experiences with her son.