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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.
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.