Aron Bell describes his brothers Arthur Butler Arthur Meier describes his family's struggle to emigrate Betty Goldberg Betty Goldberg tells how she avoided being arrested. E. Edward Herman recalls being abandoned in Budapest E. Edward Herman recalls when his father left Warsaw E. Edward Herman talks about trying to survive in Warsaw E. Edward Herman tells about life in the Warsaw Ghetto Edith Simon Edith Simon discusses Kristallnacht Essie, Esia Shor, Levine Fred Wysocki recounts being taken as a POW of the German Army Fred Wysocki remembers liberation Fred Wysocki tells about feeding former camp prisoners Fred Wysocki tells about liberation Ginette Hirsch tells how her parents helped Jewish refugees Ginette Hirsch recounts when her family fled their home. Ginette Hirsch tells how her father was arrested Ginette Hirsch tells how she was liberated Halina Herman tells what life was like as a hidden child Jerry Rawicki Judith Szentivanyi (nee Szasz) describes selections at Auschwitz Lawrence Fuller describes a concentration camp Lawrence Fuller describes what he witnessed after liberation Lawrence Fuller talks about Ebensee Concentration Camp Lillian Bielski (nee Ticktin) describes Tuvia Bielski's leadership Lillian Bielski (nee Ticktin) tells how Tuvia convinced others to join them in the woods Lillian Bielski (nee Ticktin) talks about life under Nazi occupation Magda Quittner Marie Silverman (Berkovic) tells how she and her sister escaped a transit camp Mickey Quittner Mickey Quittner discusses his experiences Mickey Quittner tells how he was forced to eat on Yom Kippur Paul Temmer discusses living in the ghetto Paul Temmer discusses Raoul Wallenberg Paul Temmer discusses the loss of his family's valuables Paul Temmer remembers staying in a bomb shelter Paul Temmer talks about his first experience with antisemitism Paul Temmer talks about Nazi occupation Paul Temmer tells about having to share his home with strangers Paul Temmer tells how he was moved into the ghetto Paul Temmer tells how his property was inventoried by a neighbor Philip Peper talks about the Dutch Underground Philip Peper tells how he made a hiding place Salomon Pila Salomon Wainberg Samuel Schryver talks about surviving in Westerbork Transit Camp Toni Rinde Walter Loebenberg talks about Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) Yetti Sterensis tells about going to Germany to work Yetti Sterensis recalls her family's move into the ghetto Yetti Sterensis recalls visiting her father Yetti Sterensis tells how her family bought food in the ghetto Yetti Sterensis tells how she got false papers


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Presented in memory of Abraham W. and Ruth Lipsman

Halina Herman tells what life was like as a hidden child

First Name:Halina
Last Name:Herman, Kramarz
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Halina Herman was born in Warsaw, Poland at the start of World War II.  Her father was a doctor.  Just after the Germans occupied Poland and her family was forced into a ghetto, her father was taken away and she never saw him again. 

Her mother immediately left and the two began traveling around from place to place in order to stay safe.  When she was three, she remembers hiding in an attic with her mother.  Later her mother obtained false papers and got a job as a maid in Krakow.  She found a Christian family to take care of her, but soon moved her to another family who took better care of her.  While in hiding with these family, Halina was raised as a Catholic. 

At the end of the war, she was reunited with her mother in Krakow, however, she continued going to Catholic church and attended school at the convent until she was 10.  In 1949, her mother finally told her she was Jewish and they emigrated to Paris.  Her mother remarried another survivor. 


Presented in memory of Abraham W. and Ruth Lipsman