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Oral history interview with Helen Balsam

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0125.3 | RG Number: RG-50.233.0003

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    Oral history interview with Helen Balsam


    Interview Summary
    Helen Balsam, born December 16, 1927 in Bedzin, Poland, discusses her childhood in Poland during World War II; witnessing the destruction and burning of homes and synagogues early in the war; her father’s registration for the Polish Army; early resistance against Germany; her father’s capture in Russia and internment in various labor camps; her family’s placement in a ghetto; her family’s internment in Auschwitz; the hardships she experienced during her internment in a labor camp in Hirschberg (Jelenia Gora), Poland; working in a textile factory; her reunion with her father in Hirschberg; her experiences being transported to multiple camps near the end of the war; her experiences walking through “the roads of death” in Austria; her traumatic experiences in the labor camp, Gunskirchen; her liberation from the labor camp by the American Army; her stay at the German soldiers’ camp, Hirschegg; her long-term hospitalization after the war; and marrying a Christian man from the Hirschegg camp.
    Helen Balsam
    interview:  1992 March 15

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (90 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Balsam, Helen, 1927-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ID Card Project conducted the interview with Helen Balsam in Bronx, NY on March 15, 1992.
    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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