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Helen W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1969) interviewed by Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1969

Videotape testimony of Helen W., who was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1932. She recalls her father's medical practice; a close, extended family; her father's strong sense of German identity; antisemitic harassment in the streets; attending a Jewish school (it was illegal to attend a secular school); her father's arrest on Kristallnacht; his return about three weeks later; his departure for England in April 1939; placement with her brother on a kindertransport in July; meeting their father in London; attending a boarding school; her mother's visit; evacuation with the school to Richmond when war broke out; and emigration to the United States in December 1939 with her brother and parents (her mother's sister was there). Ms. W. discusses many family members who were killed; one grandmother and two cousins who survived in France; a very close relationship with her brother; his reluctance to discuss the war years; her father practicing medicine in the U.S.; and bringing their grandmother and cousins to the U.S. after the war. She shows photographs and documents.

W., Helen, 1932-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1996
Interview Date
March 20, 1996.
Great Britain
Karlsruhe (Germany)
London (England)
Richmond (England)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1969). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.