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Oral history interview with Helena Nesterowicz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.82 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0082

Helena Nesterowicz, born in Orla, Poland in 1910, discusses prewar ethnic relations between Poles, Belorusians, and Jews; working for a rabbi prior to the war; the Soviet occupation; Jews being granted equal rights under the Soviets; the German invasion; violence; the creation of a ghetto; being shown where the rabbi’s family buried their property; looting by local villagers; the roundup of the Jewish community by German forces; her brothers’ attempts to hide two Jewish men; her belief that locals only participated because of coercion; the return of one Jewish man at the end of the war; and fleeing at the end of the war as the Home Army (Armia Krajowa) approached.

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Helena Nesterowicz
interview:  1999 July 09
1 videocasette (Betacam SP).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:40
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