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Helen H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1182) interviewed by Daniel Gover and Jodie Frank

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1182

Videotape testimony of Helen H., who was born in Polina, Czechoslovakia in 1924, the second of four children. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; Hungarian occupation; increasingly restrictive anti-Jewish regulations; ghettoization in another town in 1944; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her mother, father, and brother (she never saw her parents again); slave labor moving rocks; learning of the mass killing and crematoria; wanting to die; a friend encouraging her to care for her younger sisters; assignment to the Canada Kommando; smuggling clothing to the barracks; punishment for efforts to observe Yom Kippur; separation from her sisters; transport to Weisswasser; French civilian workers passing them notes; sabotaging the work; threats that every tenth prisoner would be killed if sabotage continued; desertion by the guards; Czech civilians sheltering them; traveling home; reunion with her sisters en route, then with their brother; living in Budapest; her younger sister's emigration to the United States in 1947, then her own, with her sister and brother, in 1949; and marriage to a survivor she knew in Europe. Ms. H. discusses adapting to dehumanization, but not fear; remaining with friends; and pervasive memories of screams and burning human flesh.

Author/Creator
H., Helen, 1924-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
November 17, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1182). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294844
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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