Helene R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-15) interviewed by Laurel Vlock and Dori Laub
- New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
- Interview Date
- February 9, 1980.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Helene R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-15). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Helene R., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1923, into a large Orthodox family. Mrs. R. remembers attending a Polish school, yet not considering herself a Pole; the German occupation in 1939; being a nurse during the typhus epidemic in the ghetto; deportations of the sick in 1941; and moving with some of her family away from the ghetto to the forest, where they lived with a group of underground Jews and acquired false papers. She recalls her arrest while acting as a courier for the Wieliczka ghetto and her and her sister's leaving the underground group and the rest of the family to work as Polish non-Jews in Poland and in Germany, leading a "double life of fear." Postwar recollections include her work in a hospital for displaced persons; her marriage to a survivor; and her present sense of who she is and where she belongs.