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Oral History Interview with Holocaust Survivor Helen Greenspun

June 15, 2010 oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel Greenspun selected by “Orlando Magazine”, January 2010, as a “Good Neighbor Who Gives from the Heart” for her contribution to the Central Florida community.

Originally from Chmielnik, Poland, Helen Garfinkel came to the United States in 1949.

She and her husband, Joe Greenspun, also a Holocaust survivor, moved to Orlando in 1973 with their daughters, Pauline and Rita.

In this three part interview, Ms. Greenspun details her experiences in Skarzysko, Chestochowa, Bergen-Belsen, Burgau, Turkheim, Dachau, and Allach concentration camps and the miracles that sustained her during those years.

Helen Garfinkel and her sisters, Sonia, Regina, and Bela were liberated from Allach concentration camp by American soldiers on April 29, 1945.

Air Force Colonel Joseph A. Rosalia of Orlando, Florida was part of the American forces that day and documented the prison conditions with photos which he donated to the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida.

Helen Greenspun’s parents, Kalman and Sara Garfinkel, her brother, Fishel, and her sister, Rachel, were gassed at Treblinka, Poland in October – November 1942 along with other Chmielnik Jewish citizens deemed unfit for labor.

Suzan E. Hagstrom, former financial reporter for “The Orlando Sentinel”, wrote a book about the Garfinkel family, “Sara’s Children: The Destruction of Chmielnik”, detailing the extraordinary survival of Helen and her four siblings: Bela, Nathan, Regina, and Sonia.

Ms. Greenspun has been volunteering with the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida since 1981 in an effort to speak for the girls who never made it.

She has returned to visit her place of birth, Chmielnik, but now calls Florida home and says, “America is the best country in the world!”

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Displacement Camp Photo of Holocaust Survivor Helen Greenspun
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel at the Ainring, Germany Displacement Camp where she lived from 1946 to 1948. The displaced ...
Helen Garfinkel Performing at DP Camp
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel performing theater at the Displacement Camp in Ainring, Germany where she lived from 1946 t...
Allach Concentration Camp Barracks
Photo of a concentration camp barracks at Allach, Germany. Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel Greenspun was liberated from Allach concentration camp o...
Concentration Camp Barracks
Photo of a concentration camp barracks with conditions similar to those experienced by Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel Greenspun. Ms. Garfinke...
Mr. Dietrich
Photo of Mr. Dietrich, a German photographer from Laufen, Germany, who photographed Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel and her siblings after the war....
Photo of Helen Garfinkel Coming to America
Photo of Holocaust survivior Helen Garfinkel coming to the United States of America for the first time in 1949. Helen Garfinkel Greenspun&nb...
1946 Photo of Helen Garfinkel
1946 photo of Holocaust survivior Helen Garfinkel as a young adult. Helen Greenspun survived seven concentration camps and a Death March from Dachau...
Helen Garfinkel Performing on Stage in Ainring
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel performing on stage at Displacement Camp (DP) in Ainring, Germany. Ms. Garfinkel was liberated from A...
Rocho, Displacement Camp Theater Instructor
Photo of Rocho, an actor brought from Israel to give theater instruction to Holocaust survivors at the Displacement Camp (DP camp) in Ainring,&nb...
German Concentration Camp Records for Helen Garfinkel
German concentration camp records for Helen Garfinkel. Her name is listed at the top along with her hometown, Chmielnik, the concentration camp,...
Thank You Note to Helen Greenspun From Sarah Hock
Thank you note to Helen Greenspun from student Sarah Hock thanking her for sharing her experiences at the Holocaust Education Center in...
Thank You Card to Helen Greenspun From Sarah Hock
Thank you card to Helen Greenspun from student Sarah Hock thanking her for sharing her experiences at the Holocaust Memorial and Resource Education...
Thank you note from Amy Lezburg to Helen Greenspun
May 4, 1999 thank you note to Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun from Amy Lezberg, parent of Trinity Prep student Zach Lezburg. Helen Greenspun has...
Thank you note from Amy Lezburg to Helen Greenspun
May 4, 1999 thank you note to Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun from Amy Lezberg, parent of Trinity Prep student Zach Lezburg. Holocaust survivo...
Thank you note from Kimberly to Helen Greenspun
Thank you note from for Kimberly to Helen Greenspun for her class presentation on the Holocaust. Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun has lived in ...
Thank you note from Daniel to Helen Greenspun
Thank you note from Daniel to Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun for her class presentation on her Holocaust experiences. Helen Greenspun has lived in...
Thank you note from Daniel to Helen Greenspun
Thank you note from Daniel to Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun for her class presentation on her Holocaust experiences. Helen Greenspun has lived in...
Thank you note from Norma Greenberg to Helen Greenspun
June 11, 2001 thank you note from Norma Greenberg to Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun. Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun has lived in Central...
The Ladies of Our Book Club Thank You Note to Helen Greenspun
April 28, 2006 thank you note to Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun from Purva Hari and Monal Pat with The Ladies of our Book...
Thank you note to Helen Greenspun from Rebecca J. Brennan
November 16, 2006 thank you note to Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun from Rebecca J. Brennan of Professor Richard Gair's class. Helen Greenspu...
Thank you note to Helen Greenspun
Thank you note to Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun from a student thanking her for sharing her Holocaust experience. Helen Greenspun has lived ...
Helen Greenspun and Her Sisters Share Their Holocaust Experiences with Boca Raton Students
Holocaust survivors Helen Greenspun and her three sisters, Sonia Nothman, Regina Muscovitz and Bela Hurtig speak to students at Pine Crest School...
Our Feelings About the Holocaust From Students in Ms. Marks Class
Students from Ms. Marks class in Boca Raton share their feelings on the Holocaust after hearing Holocaust survivors Helen Garfinkel Greenspu...
Our Feelings About the Holocaust From Students in Ms. Marks Class
Students from Ms. Marks class in Boca Raton share their feelings on the Holocaust after hearing Holocaust survivors Helen Greenspun and her...
Holocaust Survivor Helen Greenspun Visits Chmielnik, Poland
July 25, 2008 Heritage Florida Jewish News special on Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun's journey from Orlando, FL to Chmielnik, Poland, he...
Holocaust Survivor Helen Greenspun Visits Chmielnik, Poland
July 25, 2008 Heritage Florida Jewish News special on Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun's journey from Orlando, Florida to Chmielnik, ...
Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida Honors Helen Greenspun
24th October 2007 Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida in Maitland honors Holocaust survivor and board member Helen G...
A T & T Honors Helen Greenspun
A T & T  honors Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun for her presentation to their organization on her Holocaust experiences. Helen Greenspun h...
Helen Greenspun and Family Visit Chmielnik
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel Greenspun and family in Chmielnik, Poland. Helen is pictured in the first row, second from the...
Dachau Labor Camp
Photo of Dachau labor camp near Munich established in 1933 by Nazi Germany. The photo was taken by Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel Greenspun. ...
Photo of a Nazi Rail Car
Photo of a cattle car used by the German Nazis to transport prisoners to labor camps. Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun was transported in...
Helen Greenspun and Regina Muscovitz at Treblinka
Photo of Holocaust survivors Helen Garfinkel Greenspun, left, and her sister Regina Garfinkel Muscovitz taken at Treblinka, Poland. Th...
Personal Memory Reflections of Helen Greenspun
Personal Memory Reflections written by Holocaust survivor and Central Florida resident Helen Greenspun. Document provided to the library by Helen Greenspun.
Personal Memory Reflections by Helen Greenspun
Personal Memory Reflections written by Holocaust survivor and Central Florida resident Helen Greenspun.   Document provided to the library by Helen Greenspun.
Mr. and Mrs. Greenspun, Israel's New Life Award Recipients
October 8th, 1982, article from Heritage, Florida Jewish News reporting Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Greenspun of Central Florida as recipients of Israel'...
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Greenspun, Recipients of Israel's New Life Award
October 1, 1982 article from Heritage, Florida Jewish News announcing Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Greenspun of Central Florida as recipients of Israel's...
Mr. and Mrs. Greenspun, Recipents of Israel's New Life Award
Program from the Greater Orlando Committee for State of Israel Bonds first annual New Life Dinner honoring Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Greenspun...
Photo of Tsvi Nussbaum
Photo of Tsvi Nussbaum, age 8, outside the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 the day he was loaded on a truck for Bergen-Belsen...
Helen Greenspun with Neighbors in Chmielnik, Poland
2009 Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel Greenspun in Chmielnik, Poland, her hometown. In September 1942 German Nazis took Helen and her sibli...
Helen Greenspun with Neighbors in Poland
2009 photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel Greenspun visiting with neighbors in her hometown Chmielnik, Poland. In 1942 German Nazis t...
Elie Wiesel, Helen Greenspun, and Pauline Korman
Photo of Elie Wiesel with Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun and her daughter, Pauline Korman, Executive Director of the  Holocaust Memorial Reso...
Helen Greenspun with Sir Martin Gilbert
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun with British historian Sir Martin Gilbert. Gilbert has written extensively on the State of Israel, the Hol...
Helen Greenspun and Regina Muscovitz at Treblinka
Photo of Holocaust survivors Helen Garfinkel Greenspun, left,  and her sister, Regina Garfinkel Muscovitz, taken at Treblinka, Poland. Helen and ...
Regina Muscovitz and Grandson at Treblinka
Photo of Holocaust survivor Regina Garfinkel Muscovitz with her grandson at Treblinka, Poland.  Ms. Muscovitz made the journey from the United St...
Helen Garfinkel on Stage at DP Theater
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel, right, performing on stage at Displacement Camp (DP) Theater in Ainring, Germany. Ms. Garfinke...
Helen Garfinkel Performing at DP Theater
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel performing on stage at Displacement Camp (DP Camp) in Ainring, Germany where she lived from 1946-1949...
Helen Garfinkel and Family
Photo of Helen Garfinkel, first row, first from left, with her brother Nathan, seated center, her sister Sonia, and her sister's future husband,...
Helen Garfinkel with DP Theater Troupe
Photo of Helen Garfinkel, first row, second from left, with the Displacement Camp Theater Troupe in Ainring, Germany. Ms. Garfinkel was resc...
"Fiddler on the Roof" Theater Troupe at DP Camp
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel, third row, third from left, with the Theater Troupe at Displacement Camp (DP) in Ainring, Germa...
Holocaust Survivor Helen Garfinkel
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel as photographed by Mr. Dietrich, a photographer in Laufen, Germany. Helen Garfinkel li...
Helen Garfinkel, Holocaust Survivor
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel as a young adult. Helen Greenspun survived seven concentration camps and a Death March from Dachau...
Helen Garfinkel on Stage at DP Camp
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel performing on stage, center,  at Displacement Camp (DP) in Ainring, Germany. Ms. Garfinkel was ...
Helen Garfinkel with Theater Troupe in Ainring
Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel, first from left, performing with the Theater Troupe at Displacement Camp in Ainring, Germa...
Interview with Holocaust Survivor Helen Greenspun
June 15th, 2010 photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Greenspun standing next to a display of her story at the Holocaust Memorial Resource...
Helen Garfinkel Greenspun World Ort Union Vocational Training School Diploma
Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel's World Ort Union Vocational Training School Diploma which she earned while living in Displacement Camp. Helen Garf...
Helen Greenspun Interview Part I

June 15th, 2010 oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel Greenspun selected by Orlando Magazine, January 2010, as a "Good Neighbor Who Gives from the Heart" for her contribution to the Central Florida community.

Originally from Chmielnik, Poland, Helen Garfinkel came to the United States in 1949.

She and her husband, Joe Greenspun, also a Holocaust survivor, moved to Orlando in 1973 with their daughters, Pauline and Rita.

In this three part interview, Ms. Greenspun details her experiences in Skarzysko, Chestochowa, Bergen-Belsen, Burgau, Turkheim, Dachau, and Allach concentration camps and the miracles that sustained her during those years.

Helen Garfinkel and her sisters, Sonia, Regina, and Bela were liberated from Allach concentration camp by American soldiers on April 29, 1945.

Air Force Colonel Joseph A. Rosalia of Orlando, Florida was part of the American forces that day and documented the prison conditions with photos which he donated to the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida.

Helen Greenspun's parents, Kalman and Sara Garfinkel, her brother, Fishel, and her sister, Rachel, were gassed at Treblinka, Poland in October - November 1942 along with other Chmielnik Jewish citizens deemed unfit for labor.

Suzan E. Hagstrom, former financial reporter for The Orlando Sentinel, wrote a book about the Garfinkel family, Sara's Children: The Destruction of Chmielnik, detailing the extraordinary survival of Helen and her four siblings: Bela, Nathan, Regina, and Sonia.

Ms. Greenspun has been volunteering with the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida since 1981 in an effort to speak for the girls who never made it.

She has returned to visit her place of birth, Chmielnik, but now calls Florida home and says, "America is the best country in the world!"




Helen Greenspun Interview Part 2

June 15th, 2010 oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel Greenspun selected by Orlando Magazine, January 2010, as a "Good Neighbor Who Gives From the Heart" for her contribution to the Central Florida community.

Originally from Chmielnik, Poland, Helen Garfinkel came to the United States in 1949.

She and her husband, Joe Greenspun, also a Holocaust survivor, moved to Orlando in 1973 with their daughters Pauline and Rita.

In this three part interview, Ms. Greenspun details her experience in Skarzysko, Chestochowa, Bergen-Belsen, Burgau, Turkheim. Dachau, and Allach concentration camps and the miracles that sustained her during those years.

Helen Garfinkel and her sisters, Sonia, Regina, and Bela were liberated from Allach concentration camp by American soldiers on April 29th, 1945. 

Air Force Colonel Joseph A. Rosalia of Orlando, Florida was part of the American forces that day and documented the prison conditions with photos which he donated to the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida.

Helen Greenspun's parents, Kalman and Sara Garfinkel, her brother, Fishel, and her sister, Rachel, were gassed at Treblinka, Poland in October - November 1942 along with other Chmielnik Jewish citizens deemed unfit for labor.

Suzan E. Hagstrom, former financial reporter for The Orlando Sentinel, wrote a book about the Garfinkel family, Sara's Children: The Destruction of Chmielnik, detailing the extraordinary survivial of Helen and her four siblings: Bela, Nathan, Regina, and Sonia.

Ms. Greenspun has been volunteering with the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida since 1981 in an effort to speak for the girls who never made it.

She has returned to visit her place of birth, Chmielnik, but now calls Florida home and says, "America is the best country in the world!" 




Helen Greenspun Interview Part 3

June 15th, 2010 oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel Greenspun selected by Orlando Magazine, January 2010, as a "Good Neighbor Who Gives From the Heart" for her contribution to the Central Florida community.

Originally from Chmielnik, Poland, Helen Garfinkel came to the United States in 1949.

She and her husband, Joe Greenspun, also a Holocaust survivor moved to Orlando in 1973 with their daughters, Pauline and Rita.

In this three part interview, Ms. Greenspun details her experiences in Skarzysko, Chestochowa, Bergen-Belsen, Burgau, Turkheim, Dachau, and Allach concentration camps and the miracles that sustained her during those years.

Helen Garfinkel and her sisters, Sonia, Regina, and Bela were liberated from Allach concentration camp by American soldiers on April 29th, 1945.

Air Force Colonel Joseph A. Rosalia of Orlando, Florida was part of the American forces that day and documented the prison conditions with photos which he donated to the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida.

Helen Greenspun's parents, Kalman and Sara Garfinkel, her brother, Fishel, and her sister, Rachel, were gassed at Treblinka, Poland in October - November 1942 along with other Chmielnik citizens deemed unfit for labor.

Suzan E. Hagstrom, former financial reporter for The Orlando Sentinel, wrote a book about the Garfinkel family, Sara's Children: The Destruction of Chmielnik, detailing the extraordinary survival of Helen and her four siblings: Bela, Nathan, Regina, and Sonia.

Ms. Greenspun has been volunteering with the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida since 1981 in an effort to speak for the girls who never made it.

She has returned to visit her place of birth, Chmielnik, but now calls Florida home and says, "America is the best country in the world!"  




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