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Helen B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4321) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4321

Videotape testimony of Helen B., who was born in in 1923 in Łódź, Poland, one of four sisters. She recalls her family's affluence and modernity; their enthusiasm for opera and dancing; German invasion; deportation with her family to Dębica; moving to Radom; living with an aunt; all of them contracting typhus; ghettoization; forced labor outside the ghetto; her mother's deportation; hiding when her work group was deported; smuggling herself back to the ghetto; marriage; deportation with her family to Majdanek in January 1944; transfer with two sisters to Płaszów in March; a prisoner doctor performing an abortion to save her from selection for death; assistance from Polish civilian workers; transfer with her husband, sisters, and father to Wieliczka in August, then to Auschwitz a few weeks later; separation from her father, husband, and one sister; meeting Rella W. during transfer with one sister to Mühlhausen; slave labor in a munitions factory; dancing and singing to raise prisoner morale; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in winter 1945; Rella W. recovering her stolen shoes; receiving extra food from a friend; cannibalism of Russian POWs; encouraging her sister when she lost her will to live; liberation by British troops; transfer to the displaced persons camp; reunion with her husband and two sisters; living in the Stuttgart displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States in April 1948. Ms. B. discusses her nervous breakdown when she learned how her father had been killed; her husband's lifelong depression resulting from the Holocaust; relations between ethnic groups in camps; and her continuing love of music and dance. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Helen, 1923-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2004
Interview Date
August 27, 2004.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helen B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4321). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6697029
Record last modified: 2014-06-02 13:38:00
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