Helena V. testimony 1990 [video recording]
Date of Recording31 October 1990
Duration1h 38m 4.0s
SynopsisHelena V. was born in Budapest, Hungary in October of 1924. She describes her family and the Jewish community. She describes her marriage in 1941 after her mother thought she would be safer. She describes her husband being drafted for slave labour and learning of his death. She recalls living with her husband’s parents and giving birth to her son. She describes losing contact with her parents and siblings. She describes being forced to move into Jewish designated building. She describes hiding with the help of non-Jews. Helena discusses her father-in-law obtaining false papers from the Swedish embassy and the Vatican. She describes staying in safe house, the conditions, and the lack of food and water. She recalls liberation by Russian troops. Helena describes reuniting with her siblings. She describes meeting her second husband. She discusses escaping Hungary during the revolution. She describes travelling to England then immigrating to Canada. She discusses her children and her faith.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.