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Oral history interview with Isadore Helfing

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.345.24 | RG Number: RG-50.005.0024

Isadore (Isaak) Helfing describes growing up in Kielce, Poland; being 17 years old when the war began; doing forced labor for the Germans; his time in the Kielce Ghetto; being transported to Treblinka, where he worked unloading dead bodies from incoming transport cars; working in the stables and taking care of a Gestapo soldier’s horse; playing soccer in the camp; suicide in the camp; having a part in the organization of the Treblinka camp uprising; his escape from Treblinka at the time of the uprising; going into hiding with a Polish farmer and working on his farm for almost a year; living with a band of Jewish runaways for a month before the end of the war in foxholes in the open fields; going to Lublin, Poland then returning to Kielce and working for the Russians; helping to reorganize the Jewish community; trying to get to Palestine; going to Bari, Italy; getting restless and going to Germany; living in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany for five years; immigrating to the United States and marrying a woman he had met originally in Germany; and the nightmares he had after the war.

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Isadore Helfing
interview:  1983 December 03
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
1 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the University of California, Los Angeles
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:29:25
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