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Oral history interview with Philip Helbling

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0092

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Philip Helbling, born in 1925 in Lwów, Poland (L'viv, Ukraine), describes his family and childhood; the Russian invasion of Lwów in 1939 and moving to Stanislav, Poland (Ukraine); working for the Oscar Klatter transportation company; getting on a train heading into the Ukraine to escape from the invading Germans; arriving in Rostov, joining a partisan unit, and living on a cooperative farm; fighting with the Russian Army on the outskirts of Stalingrad after receiving basic training; being ordered to join the Polish Army and sent to Officer’s Training School at the beginning of 1944; leading an anti-tank company toward the Polish front; helping the Russians to liberate Auschwitz; his recollections of working in the partisan group; helping to smuggle people across the Czechoslovakian-Polish border and tracking down collaborators after the war; and discovering the fate of his family.

Interviewee
Philip Helbling
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1991 June 27  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:58:31
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