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Helen B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-734) interviewed by James W. Pennebaker and Alan Griffin,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-734

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    Videotape testimony of Helen B., who was born in Łuków, Poland in 1928, one of five children. She recounts her family's affluence; attending public school; summering in the country in 1939; German invasion; fleeing to Wólka Domaszewska; returning home; brief Soviet occupation; Germans returning and plundering their store; her father's arrest and release; housing refugees in their home; anti-Jewish restrictions, including wearing the star; Germans searching for her father and beating her mother in 1942; round-ups and random killings; ghettoization; hiding with a Pole, who turned them over to the Germans; a German wounding her brother when he tried to escape; hiding in a bunker; her grandfather's and uncle's arrest and murder; hiding in many places with assistance from non-Jews; liberation by Soviet troops in July 1944; returning to Łuków; threats of violence by Poles; moving to Katowice in April 1945; joining her paternal grandmother in Munich; marriage to a friend from Łuków; and emigration to the United States in September 1949. Ms. B. discusses her children's "bitterness" toward Germans; accompanying her husband to testify in Germany; and attributing her survival to luck, her father, and help from non-Jews.
    B., Helen, 1928-
    Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1985
    Interview Date
    November 10, 1985.
    Łuków (Siedlce)
    Łuków (Lublin, Poland)
    Wólka Domaszewska (Poland)
    Katowice (Poland)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Helen B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-734). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Pennebaker, James W., interviewer.
    Related material: Sol P. Holocaust testimony [father](HVT-721), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 26 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Soviet occupation.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Survivor-child relations.

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