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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2635

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.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helga S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2635). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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