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Oral history interview with Helen Farkas

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.401 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0401

Helen Farkas (née Safar), born on October 18, 1920 in Satu Mare, Romania, describes her childhood; her father, who owned a shoe store; learning Jewish traditions at home; having minimal experience with antisemitism before the war; being engaged in 1944; her fiancé being sent to do forced labor; being forced into a ghetto in Hungary with her parents, two sisters, and a brother; being sent to Auschwitz in May 1944; the selections upon arrival; her experiences at Auschwitz and on a death march in January 1945 to Pustków, Silesia, where she, along with her sisters, were able to escape and stay hidden until the war ended; her post-war experiences; learning of the deaths of many family members; being reunited with her fiancé Jose Farkas and their marriage; their flight to a displaced persons (DP) camp in Linz, Austria to escape the communist regime in Romania; their immigration to the United States; settling in San Francisco, CA; operating a business; having a daughter; her commitment to Holocaust education and her membership in the Survivors Speakers Bureau of the Holocaust Center of Northern California (a program that sends Holocaust survivors to speak in schools); and her book of memoirs, "Remember the Holocaust", which was published in 1995.


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Interviewee
Helen Farkas
Date
interview:  1990 September 13
interview:  1990 November 14
interview:  1990 December 20
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
 
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