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Oral history interview with Beno Helmer

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2000.41 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0064

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    Oral history interview with Beno Helmer


    Interview Summary
    Beno Helmer discusses his liberation from a prisoner of war camp by the American Army; traveling to Czechoslovakia; recovering from rheumatic fever; life in post-war Teplice, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic); escaping from Russian forces by smuggling himself into Germany; finding his sister, who he thought had perished in Auschwitz; immigrating to the United Sates; daily life in New York, NY; being drafted into the United States Army; working for American counterintelligence; his views on American politics; his volunteer work; his views on Israel; sharing his Holocaust experiences publicly; taking his children to Teplice; his views on Judaism; the importance of Holocaust remembrance; and his views on Holocaust movies.
    Beno Helmer
    Arwin Donohue
    interview:  2000 March 03
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Helmer, Beno, 1923-
    Corporate Name
    United States. Army

    Administrative Notes

    Arwin Donohue, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Beno Helmer on March 3, 2000.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    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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