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Helen G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1785) interviewed by Linda Pasternak and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1785

Videotape testimony of Helen G., who was born in Poland in 1912. She recounts her mother's death; her father's remarriage; his death when she was ten; living with her sister in Kraków; German invasion in 1939; anti-Jewish measures; obtaining false papers from a non-Jew; returning to her hometown in 1940; hiding during round-ups; assistance from non-Jewish neighbors; traveling to Kraków, then Tarnów, using false papers; volunteering for forced labor in Germany; working in Berlin in 1942, posing as a Ukrainian laborer; returning to Kraków; working as a domestic for a Polish family, then a German official; assisting a cousin in hiding; moving outside the city in 1945, fearing exposure; liberation by Soviet troops; living in displaced persons camps in Wels, Linz, and Salzburg; marriage; her son's birth in 1949; and emigration to the United States in 1950. Mrs. G. discusses being motivated by messages received in dreams and her distrust of non-Jews. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Helen, 1912-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 21, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1785). 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/4296140
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