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Helen Seidner

Helen Seidner describes how she arranged to be smuggled out of the Theresienstadt concentration camp after liberation when it was controlled by the Soviet military.

Helen Seidner (neé Feldman) was born on December 6, 1913 in Nový Bydžov, Czechoslovakia. Her siblings included Erma (born 1916) and Trude (born 1910). Helen’s father Joseph owned and operated a knitwear factory and her mother Ernestina was a homemaker.

Helen was deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto-camp in 1942 and was liberated there in 1945.

She immigrated to Canada in 1952 and settled in Toronto.
She died on March 28, 2018 at the age of 105, at her home.

Her full testimony is part of the Canadian Collection of Holocaust survivor testimonies. It is preserved in the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive and accessible through the Ekstein Library.

Helen Seidner

I wasn’t so scared in my life like there.