Helene J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2800) interviewed by Ann Solov Walker
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1994
- Interview Date
- June 28, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Helene J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2800). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Helene J., who was born in Poland in 1918, one of six children. She recounts being orphaned (she does not remember her parents); her grandmother from Paris retrieving them; childhood poverty; marriage at eighteen; her daughter's birth in 1937; briefly evacuating when invasion seemed imminent; staying with a friend outside of Paris; German invasion; her husband bringing them back to Paris; evacuating to Saint-Laurent-de-Neste; locals welcoming them and providing food and other support; her son's birth; registering as a Jew with the mayor and later regretting it; her husband's involvement with the underground; giving her children to the Red Cross to hide; finding them emaciated when she visited; taking them with her; a gendarme's wife warning them of a round-up; hiding with neighbors; another warning; her husband's escape to Spain; learning her sister, her husband, and child had been caught attempting to flee to Spain (her brother-in-law was shot, her sister and child deported and did not survive); walking from village to village in the Pyrenees with her two children; and friends from Saint-Laurent-de-Neste finding them and bringing them back at liberation.