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Oral history interview with Helena Orchon

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.67.67 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0067

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Helena Orchon, born in Kraków, Poland in 1903, describes her family; her father being the director of the Warsaw Drama School; being an actress; getting married in 1935; her father’s altruistic nature; going to Vilna, Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania) with her father to help inmates in a prison stage a play; the outlawing of the Polish language; the Nazis arriving in Warsaw; her family’s decision to hide Jews during the war; being a member of the Polish Socialist Party; looking for people to forge documents and to give them ration cards for the Jews they hid; her participation with the Polish underground; being sent to a prison camp with her husband after the 1944 Warsaw uprising; her liberation by a Polish unit and trying to find out about her relatives; her father dying in 1955 in Warsaw; immigrating to England and then to the United States after the war; working for the Voice of America; and her reflections on the current situation in Poland.

Interviewee
Helena Orchon
Interviewer
Gay Block
Malka Drucker
Date
1988 February 17  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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