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Helen Greenspun with Displacement Camp Theater Group

Helen Garfinckel, center in white coat, is pictured with the theater performers at Displacement Camp in Ainring, Germany.

Ms. Garfinkel was liberated from Allach concentration camp on April 29th, 1945 by the United States Military. After recuperating in a hospital for three months, Ms. Garfinkel was transferred to DP Camp until 1949.

She joined the Theater Troupe and her performances earned her chocolate and cigarettes useful for bartering for needed goods.

While at DP Camp she met Joe Greenspun, a Holocaust survivior from the Ukraine.  Helen Garfinkel Greenspun says “Hitler was their matchmaker” as the couple later reconnected in the United States and were married in Detroit in 1951.

Mr. and Mrs. Greenspun moved to Orlando in 1973 with their daughters, Pauline and Rita.

Mrs. Greenspun has volunteered with the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center of Florida since 1981. Orlando  Magazine recognized her as a “Good Neighbor Who Gives From the Heart” for her contribution to the Orlando community.

                                                               

Photo courtesy of the Helen Greenspun Archives.

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Helen Greenspun with Displacement Camp Theater Group
Helen Garfinckel, center in white coat, is pictured with the theater performers at Displacement Camp in Ainring, Germany. Ms. Garfinkel was liberated ...
Helen Greenspun on Stage
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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...
Helen Greenspun in Displacement Camp Theater
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"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...
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...
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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