Helen K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-58) interviewed by Laurel Vlock and Dori Laub
- Hartford, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1979
- Interview Date
- December 2, 1979.
- 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.
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.