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Oral history interview with Helen Farkas

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

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

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.

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