Helena S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4221) interviewed by Ingrid Antalová and René Lužica
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1998
- Interview Date
- November 7, 1998.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Helena S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4221). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Helena S., a Catholic Romani, who was born in Snina, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1923. She recalls her family's poverty, working for a Jewish woman from age nine to seventeen; deportation of the Jews, including her employer who gave her extra food; marriage; moving to another village; deportation by Germans to Humenné, then to Dubnica in the summer; separation from the men; their assignment to forced labor; the women being confined to barracks; starvation; escaping with others during the winter; a one-month walk back to Snina; kind people assisting them en route with food and lodgings; finding their homes destroyed; the births of six children; and her husband's death at a young age. Ms. S. discusses visiting Dubnica after the war, and not receiving equal compensation for her time in the concentration camp compared to that of former prisoners in the Czech Republic.