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Oral history interview with Helen Bamber

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

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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.

Interviewee
Helen R. Bamber
Interviewer
Vera Frankl
Date
2003 December 28  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:18:04
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