Helen S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2502) interviewed by Alberta Strage
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- September 22, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Helen S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2502). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Helen S., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1920, the youngest of three children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy and affluence; attending Hebrew school; German invasion; fleeing to Olkusz; Germans arresting her father, uncle, and brothers; traveling to Kielce to obtain their release; returning home; marriage; her father and one brother working for the Judenrat; ghettoization; having an abortion; hiding with her family and others in a bunker during a round-up in August 1943; their discovery; deportation to Birkenau; separation with her sister-in-law from her parents and husband; her sister-in-law caring for her; their hospitalization for typhus (her sister-in-law died); a Slovak prisoner giving her extra food and hiding her during work; hospitalization for frostbite; transfer to Canada Kommando; a futile attempt to hide a baby; passing found valuables to the underground; the uprising in October; transfer to Auschwitz; a death march and train transfer to Ravensbrück, then Zwodau; posing as non-Jews with five other Jewish women; their denouncement; confinement in a cellar with no food; liberation by United States troops; transport to Paris; contact with her husband, who was in England; emigration to join him; the births of two sons; and her husband's death. Ms. S. discusses having her tattoo removed; a headmaster refusing admission to her son because they are Jewish; a painful visit to Auschwitz and Bedzin; and her strong faith and Jewish identity, despite not being religious. She shows photographs, documents, and a belt she found in Auschwitz.