Hela V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4178)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
- Interview Date
- May 25 and June 6, 2000.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hela V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4178). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hela V., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1927, the youngest of three sisters. She recounts her family's affluence; attending public and Jewish schools; German invasion; her father dying from a police beating; buying food posing as a non-Jew (she was blond); selling family belongings to non-Jews; ghettoization; forced factory labor; her mother's deportation; her deportation to Oberaltstadt; slave labor in a weaving factory; better treatment by a German guard after she knit her a sweater; other guards giving them extra food; a prisoner nurse helping them; assistance from English and French POWs; abandonment by the guards; liberation by Soviet troops; publicly humiliating a German overseer; returning to Będzin; finding her home occupied; assistance from a former maid; living with a friend in Bytom, then relatives in Częstochowa; antisemitic harassment; learning her sisters had been killed; joining a Zionist kibbutz; meeting her future husband; illegal emigration by ship to Palestine; incarceration on Cyprus for nine months; and her son's birth in 1951. Ms. B. discusses her husband's death and visiting Oberalstaldt and Poland with her son. She shows photographs.