Hélène K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4071) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Massimo Ianetta
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1996 and 1997
- Interview Date
- December 18, 1996 and October 27, 1997.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hélène K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4071). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hélène K., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1925, an only child. She recounts antisemitism after the Anschluss; her father's arrest; his departure for Antwerp; illegally entering Belgium with her mother to join him; attending a Flemish school; fleeing when Germany invaded in 1940; arrest in Tournai; release with her mother; going to Brussels; learning her father had been killed by Belgian soldiers as a suspected spy; hiding with non-Jews; deciding not to enter a Catholic institution, not wanting to be separated from her mother; distributing leaflets for the underground; exposure as Jews; arrest; deportation to Malines, then Auschwitz/Birkenau; slave labor outside the camp; the smell of burning flesh; transfer to Ravensbrück; slave labor in a munitions factory; a death march; liberation by Soviet troops; and return to Belgium. Ms. K. discusses repressing most of her memories; inter-group relations and using tobacco as currency in the camps; focusing herself on her mother, thus numbing herself to everything else; and not wanting to burden her son with her experiences.