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Oral history interview with Helen Waterford

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1994.A.0447.29 | RG Number: RG-50.042.0029

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    Oral history interview with Helen Waterford


    Interview Summary
    Helen Waterford discusses her family's time in hiding in the Netherlands and how she and her husband decided to hide their daughter with another family; her family's relationship with Joe Fisch, a rescuer of many Jews in the Netherlands; her and her husband's arrest and deportation to Auschwitz concentration camp via Westerbork concentration camp; her experiences during a selection upon her arrival in Auschwitz; her thoughts on the lack of resistance in Auschwitz; how at one time she was in a barracks with Anne Frank and Anne Frank's mother; her memories of Josef Mengele in Auschwitz; her move from Auschwitz to work in a factory in Czechoslovakia; and her opinions on humankind in light of her Holocaust experiences and how she does not consider survival to be an achievement.
    Helen H. Waterford
    Sandra Bradley
    interview:  1992 March 12

    Physical Details

    3 film reels : color ; 16 mm.
    5 sound tape reels : analog, mono ; 7 in..
    2 videocassette (D2) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    Sandra Bradley, a film production consultant for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducted the interview with Helen Waterford on March 12, 1992, in Chula Vista, California, in preparation for the making of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition film, "Testimony." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the films and tapes of the interview in August 1994. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the films and tapes of the interview via transfer from the Oral History branch in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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