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Helen D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2801) interviewed by Ann Solov Walker,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2801

Videotape testimony of Helen W., who was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1929. She recounts her parents' divorce when she was about two; living with her paternal grandparents in Prostějov, Czechoslovakia; her father's weekly visits; a close relationship with her non-Jewish governess; attending public school; cordial relations with non-Jews; celebrating Easter and Christmas as "national" holidays; attending synagogue; a close relationship with her uncle; her father moving funds out of Austria after the Anschluss and obtaining documents for the United States for himself and her; her grandparents refusing to let her accompany him; German occupation; her family hiding valuables from Nazi searches; difficulty obtaining documents to leave for the United States; her uncle and governess taking her to Prague to obtain them; her governess accompanying her to Bremerhaven; and the captain handing her over to her father upon landing. Ms. W. discusses writing her memories at age twelve; her uncle surviving concentration camps; futile efforts to locate her governess; visiting Prostějov with her husband in 1985; and seeing her mother once (she was in Canada during the war, remarried, and returned to Vienna).

D., Helen, 1929-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1994
Interview Date
November 16, 1994.
Vienna (Austria)
Prostějov (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Bremerhaven (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2801), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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