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Oral history interview with Helen Horowitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1284.5 | RG Number: RG-50.147.0005

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

Helen Horowitz describes how she started working in the kitchen at Amon Goeth's villa in Plaszow; Goeth's sadistic cruelty, including routine punishments and holding her responsible for other inmates' actions; Goeth's sadism; first meeting with Oskar Schindler who had a sympathetic attitude and promised to save her from Goeth; Schindler bribing Goeth; receiving savage punishment from Goeth for asking his mistress (Ruth Goeth) to help save her sister; denying he beat her because of her fear of him; Schindler's promise to save her and giving him her savings; particular instances of Goeth's cruelty resulting in damaged ear and cut leg vein and other routine punishments; the story of Schindler promising to save her; Goeth's arrest for corruption; overhearing Schindler's arguments for including children on the Brinnlitz list; Schindler “winning” her from Goeth during a card game; her comparison of Schindler and Goeth; the terror and suffering inflicted on her by Goeth, who ordered fellow inmate to shoot her; his possessiveness of her; and her lasting terror.

Interviewee
Helen Horowitz
Date
1983 May 19  (interview)
Language
English
Polish
Genre/Form
Documentary films.
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
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