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Halina B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3941) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3941

Videotape testimony of Halina B., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1930. She recalls her father's Swiss watch import business; German invasion in 1939; ghettoization; escaping to Kielce with assistance from a former housekeeper; returning to the "Aryan" side of Warsaw, posing as non-Jews using false papers; assistance from two Polish women, the Swiss counsel, and his secretary; her father helping relatives escape; moving to Podkowa Leśna, then the woods near Pruszków; hiding in a bunker; their rescuers bringing food and books; threats of exposure from the Polish underground; returning to Warsaw during the 1944 uprising; being taken to Pruszków by the Wehrmacht; separation from her father; deportation with her mother and sister to Frankfurt for forced labor; agricultural work; correspondence from her father (he was in hiding); assistance from Soviet POWs; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Pruszków; reunion with her father; moving to Łódź, then Geneva; studying in Paris; emigrating with her parents to Israel; her sister's emigration to the United States; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1956. Ms. B. discusses gratitude to their rescuers; wanting to forget her previous life; and her granddaughter's interest in her experiences. She shows documents.

Author/Creator
B., Halina, 1930-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
Interview Date
October 5, 1999.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Germany
Kielce (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Pruszków (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Podkowa Leśna (Poland)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Łódź (Poland)
Geneva (Switzerland)
Paris (France)
Israel
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Halina B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3941). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.