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Oral history interview with Helene Barac

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0302

Helene Barac, born on April 24, 1933 in Brussels, Belgium, describes moving to and growing up in Saint-Servais, Belgium; her father’s work in a paper company; being the only Jewish family in Saint-Servais and not maintaining their Jewish identity; her father’s dismissal from his job shortly after the German invasion in 1940 because he was Jewish; fleeing with her parents to Paris, France but getting captured en route to Toulouse; being transported to Aulus-les-Bains, France, where they escaped over the Pyrenees into Spain; the arrest of her family by Spanish forces but being released because of help from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; staying with a Swiss-German family; the work of the Joint Distribution Committee in 1943 to get her into Portugal, where she stayed in a convent for a few weeks; immigrating to the United States on a transport of children sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee; her parents’ immigration to Canada and reuniting with them; and marrying and returning to the United States in 1955.

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Helene Barac
Randy M. Goldman
interview:  1995 February 06
Oral histories.
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:52:11
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