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Oral history interview with Helen Potash

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.37.19 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0019

Helen Jachimowicz Potash, born in Łódź, Poland in 1929, describes being ten years old when Germany invaded Poland; moving to a ghetto; how her father died in their apartment and the body had to be kept inside for six days before it was carted away; how two of her sisters escaped to Russia; the liquidation of the ghetto in August 1944; being taken with her family to Auschwitz; going through the selection process; seeing an infant shot by Nazis; her mother and brother's deaths in the gas chambers; having her head shaved and being given a number but not being tattooed; being sent with her sister to a labor camp in Hamburg, Germany for eight months; being sent to Bergen-Belsen; finding one day that the German guards had fled and that the Italian and Hungarian Nazi guards were opening fire on prisoners; going to Cleveland, OH with her sister in 1947; finding a picture in a book of herself with her family when they were in the ghetto; getting married to a Holocaust survivor; and her children and grandchildren.

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Helen Potash
interview:  2007 April 17
1 DVD : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio
Record last modified: 2020-07-27 15:22:21
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