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Helen K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-58) interviewed by Laurel Vlock and Dori Laub,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-58

Videotape testimony of Helen K., who was born in Warsaw in 1924. She discusses the outbreak of the war in Poland, including the bombing of Warsaw; the formation of the Warsaw ghetto; the disappearance of her father; conditions and spiritual resistance in the ghetto; her marriage; and the uprising and subsequent liquidation of the ghetto. Mrs. K. vividly recalls the journey by cattle car to Majdanek, during which her brother died in her arms; her reunion in Majdanek with her mother, who was taken during a selection a few weeks later; and the death of her sister-in-law in Majdanek. She tells of her transfer to Auschwitz, where she worked in an ammunition factory; mutual aid and spiritual resistance on the part of the prisoners; the destruction of a crematorium by some prisoners; and the public hanging of young girls from her factory who had secured the explosives. Postwar topics of discussion include Mrs. K's gradual physical recovery; her reunion with her husband; her life in the United States; her disbelief at what she witnessed during the war; and her children.

K., Helen, 1924-2004.
Hartford, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1979
Interview Date
December 2, 1979.
Warsaw (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-58). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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