Hélène A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4244) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Daniel Weyssow
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1999
- Interview Date
- November 29 and 30, 1999.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hélène A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4244). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hélène A., who was born in Sevluš, Czechoslovakia (presently Vynohradiv, Ukraine) in 1926, one of seven children. She recounts a happy childhood; attending Czech public school; antisemitic harassment; Hungarian occupation in March 1939; her parents sending her with a sister to Budapest in 1942; working for a tailor; anti-Jewish restrictions; a Hungarian soldier from their hometown assisting them; obtaining false papers; hiding in their apartment during allied bombings; denouncement; arrest and interrogation; transfer to Gestapo custody; deportation to Kistarcza; release; assistance from the Jewish community; returning to Budapest; hiding in several places, including an orphanage, a Jewish hospital, and a cellar; her sister registering them as non-Jewish refugees (they received legal papers as non-Jews); renting a home in Szomor; her future husband hiding with them; billeting German soldiers; liberation by Soviet troops; living with a farmer; avoiding rape by Soviet soldiers; traveling to Szolnok, Debrecen, then Uz︠h︡horod; reunion with her sister who had been in Auschwitz; returning to Budapest; working at a Jewish orphanage; another sister's return (Esther A., HVT 4255); moving to Prague; emigration with her three sisters to Belgium; marriage in 1952; and the births of four children. Ms. A. discusses nightmares resulting from her experiences and not sharing her experiences with her children.