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Oral history interview with Helena Neufeld

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0159.14 | RG Number: RG-50.472.0014

Helena Neufeld, a Jewish displaced person in Paris, France, discusses her memories of the early days of World War II in Warsaw and Lwów, Poland (now Lʹviv, Ukraine); her witness to a pogrom against Jews in Lwów carried out by Ukrainians; her return to Warsaw posing as a Catholic; her time living in the Warsaw ghetto; her memories of the hospital and Jewish cemetery in the Warsaw ghetto; her memories of her father and his death in 1939; witnessing the German’s deportation of Jews from the Warsaw ghetto to concentration camps; her time hiding in Warsaw to avoid deportation; witnessing the Warsaw ghetto uprising in April 1943; eventually being arrested and deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; her memories of doctors and the hospital in Bergen-Belsen; and the evacuation of Bergen-Belsen and her liberation by Russian troops during a train transport through Germany on the way to Theresienstadt. The interview concludes with a discussion concerning Helena Neufeld's husband, the fact that she married while in the Warsaw ghetto, and the fact that she had studied dentistry before the war. David Boder also questions her about any songs or poetry that she might have learned in the concentration camp, but she does not remember any.

Interviewee
Helena Neufeld
Interviewer
David P. Boder
Date
1946 August 03  (interview)
Language
Polish
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from the Library of Congress
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