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Helga S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2635) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2635

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    Videotape testimony of Helga S. who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1932. She recounts Kristallnacht; being sent on a children's transport to England with her brother in March 1939; living in Nottingham with relatives; moving to Oxford after the war began to avoid German bombing; mistreatment by her host family; living with an aunt in London; attending boarding school; her brother's accidental death in 1942; her mother's subsequent breakdown while interned in France; her father's emigration to Shanghai; reuniting with her parents in Paris in 1947; their inability to connect emotionally ("we were three pillars of misery"); beatings by her father; and their emigration to the United States in 1953. Mrs. S. discusses her pervasive separation anxiety and difficulties raising her children due to her traumatic experiences as a child. She shows photographs.
    S., Helga, 1932-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
    Interview Date
    May 24, 1993.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Nottingham (England)
    Oxford (England)
    London (England)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Helga S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2635). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Strochlic, Kathy, interviewer.
    Dwork, Bonnie, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 15 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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