Helga Levy interview for the Faces of the Holocaust Series

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MS-215: Emmanuel Ringelblum Collection


A native of Berlin, Helga Levy witnessed first-hand the rise of Nazi power. She was in grade school when the first discriminatory laws were passed against Jews, and learned what it was like to have her identity as a German taken away. While still in her teens she was forced to work in a munitions factory, and was left to fend for herself when her parents were taken away by the Gestapo. She was one of several thousand Jews who survived the war in Berlin itself, using false identities and moving from one place to another to avoid the authorities. Helga was still in Berlin when the Russians liberated the city at the end of the war; after spending time in a relocation camp, she came to the United States. This interview was conducted in November 1994 for the Faces of the Holocaust, a series created as a classroom resource and curriculum supplement.


Helga Levy


Renate Frydman

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Oral History


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