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Helen J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3185) interviewed by Arthur Peskoe and Jane Stark,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3185

Videotape testimony of Helen H., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1923. She recalls antisemitic harassment; her father's death in 1938; she and her mother and brother joining relatives in Kazimierza Wielka; hearing rumors of a round-up; fleeing; hiding with aid from non-Jews in Działoszyce; traveling to Nowy Korczyn; hiding in a bunker with other Jews; being caught with her mother when they went out for food; a Jewish policeman persuading the German to let them go; hiding in a house with her mother and brother; joining a truckload of Jews since there was no other option; slave labor in Kielce at a munitions factory; her mother's selection two months later (she never saw her again); a doctor who knew them helping her brother when he was sick; transfer to Częstochowa in fall 1944, then to Bergen-Belsen in January 1945; remaining with her friend; transfer to Burgau; a death march to Dachau; liberation by United States troops in April; living in a displaced persons camp; reunion with her brother; living in Hamburg; marriage; her daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States.

J., Helen, 1923-
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Oral History Project, 1995
Interview Date
August 29, 1995.
Łódź (Poland)
Kazimierza Wielka (Poland)
Nowy Korczyn (Poland)
Działoszyce (Poland)
Hamburg (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3185). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.