Helene H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4396) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Barbara Hadley Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2007
- Interview Date
- June 5, 2007.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Helene H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4396). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Helene H., who was born in Paks, Hungary in 1930, the third of seven children. She recounts her family's Hasidism; her father's successful dairy business; cordial relations with non-Jews; the mayor providing her father with documents attesting to his Hungarian ancestry, although he was born in Berlin; German invasion in 1944; Germans shaving her father's beard; her eldest brother hiding with a non-Jew in Budapest; her father's deportation; deportation with her mother and siblings to Auschwitz; separation from her siblings and mother (she remained with two cousins); a woman giving birth (the Germans killed the child); selection for medical experiments; receiving an injection; changing places with a fellow prisoner so she could be with her mother; a kapo breaking her nose and teeth during a beating; extraction of her teeth due to infection; finding a prayer book; her sister throwing her food; transfer to Guben; slave labor in a munitions factory; other prisoners encouraging her to sabotage production; hanging of a friend accused of sabotage; praying frequently; prisoners giving her aspirin when she was ill; a death march with her cousin six months later; guards attacking prisoners with dogs; a soldier bandaging her wound; a German woman giving her potatoes; arrival in Bergen-Belsen; her cousin's death; liberation by British troops; transfer to the Bergen-Belsen refugee camp; a cousin locating her in 1946; traveling to Budapest; reunion with a sister and brother; returning briefly to Paks, then traveling to Czechoslovakia; emigration with her sister to London; marriage; emigration to the United States in 1986; and the births of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, from whom she derives great pleasure. Ms. H. shows the prayer book, and photographs.