Still image from Helen G. Holocaust testimony, June 17, 1987.
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Helen G. testimony 1987

Holocaust Testimony

Object IDHG8706_01_VA
AVT #81
Date of Recording17 June 1987

InterviewerKrell, Robert
IntervieweeGrunfeld, Helen
Duration2h 4m 0.0s
SynopsisHelen G. was born in Jibou, Romania on February 7, 1921. She recalls her parents’ divorce when she was two years of age and describes her extended family. She describes moving to Bixad with her mother and sister. She describes the Jewish community. She recalls the Hungarian occupation and increased antisemitism. She recounts her sister’s experiences during this time. She describes a round up and deportation to Satu Mare. Helen describes the train transportation to Auschwitz with her mother and grandmother. She describes being selected for work in Gelsenkirchen in the munitions factory. Helen describes being transferred for forced labour in Bergen Belsen. She recalls experiencing bombings. She describes the conditions in Belsen. She recalls liberation by English troops and receiving food and medical aid from the Red Cross after contracting typhoid. She describes writing letters to relatives overseas. She recounts meeting her husband and having her first child in Belsen. Helen describes attempting to travel to Israel then immigrating to Canada. She discusses her children and grandchildren. She discusses sharing her experiences. 
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RightsThe University of British Columbia | Holocaust Documentation Project | Principal Investigator: Robert Krell, M.D. | Consent to Record and Retain Records (fn: Under the auspices of the Standing Committee on the Holocaust and Canadian Jewish Congress - Pacific Region) on file
NoteTestimony simultaneously recorded on video and audio cassette.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.