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Oral history interview with Helen Bamber

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.443 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0482

Helen Bamber, born in 1925 in London, England, discusses her childhood; her father's involvement in rescuing Jews from Europe and calling attention to their plight before and during World War II; joining the Jewish Relief Unit to be able to help others in Germany after the war; her training in England and her impressions of German devastation; her work with refugees in Germany; the tension and conflicts with the local German population; her efforts to obtain permission for young refugees suffering from tuberculosis in Germany to recuperate in Switzerland; her interaction with survivors at Bergen-Belsen and their strong desire to immigrate; an accident she suffered in Germany and the agency's decision to send her back to England; her frustration at attitudes among the English on her return; her work with the Jewish Refugee Organization and the Committee for the Care of Children from Concentration Camps in England; joining Amnesty International in 1961 and helping to found the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture in 1985; and her recent testimony on behalf of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli court as part of her collaboration with Israeli and Palestinian Physicians for Human Rights.


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Interviewee
Helen R. Bamber
Interviewer
Vera Frankl
Date
interview:  2003 December 28
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:52:37
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