Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 1, 1993 · Page 38
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 38

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, August 1, 1993
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Sunday, August 1, 1993 The Arizona Republic BU . Search continues for missing aircraft The Associated Press ROOSEVELT, Utah A search for a missing airplane and a California family aboard it continued Saturday, six days after the family left a small airport in eastern Utah. The pilot was identified by officials as Kent Reed Harrison of Camarillo, a former Thousand Oaks, Calif., planning commissioner who was accompanied by his wife and 18-year-old daughter aboard the Beech Bonanza F-33A. They attended a family reunion in the Roosevelt area, about 100 miles east of Salt Lake City, and flew out of Roosevelt for home last Sunday without leaving a flight plan, officials said. Experience the difference with the personal quality and service you deserve .9- , ENTER & WIN I I M M I m I FAST FOTO FRED SAY Charles KrejcsiThe Arizona Republic Helen Elas Conka, 66, who survived a Nazi camp during World War II, tells her story to inspire today's youth, especially those who face adversity. Courage is theme of widow's victory over Nazi horrors She saved 15 fliers during World War II By Alisa Wabnik The Arizona Republic Everything in Helen Elas Conka's house seems to stand for something: the Bible on the coffee table for the suffering children she prays for day and night; the American flags at the door for the day she came to the United States. But Conka herself stands for something more: courage. The 66-year-old Peoria resident risked her life as a teen-ager by hiding IS American fliers stranded in a Czechoslovakian forest during World War II. Conka was walking in the forest when she saw their plane go down. Afraid they would fall prey to Nazi torture and concentration camps, the young girl led the soldiers to an underground haven and stole food to keep them from starving. But she was not so lucky. Someone, she thinks it was her stepmother, turned her in to the Nazis for protecting the Americans. She tells her story to inspire today's youth, especially those who are homeless, poor or otherwise suffering. "If I survived, then they can survive," she said. The Nazis caught Helen Elas only a few days after the fliers had abandoned their hiding place. When she left home to go to school, they grabbed her. She sat for three straight days with her wrists bound so tightly that they bled. She was beaten black and blue, not even allowed to use a bathroom. But she disclosed nothing. Conka intentionally avoided learning the names of the fliers she was protecting, fearing she might reveal incriminating information in her sleep or during torture. So the Nazis let her go to a Polish concentration camp. Conka is no longer sure of the name, one of several details that has grown fuzzy through years of trying to forget. She remained in the camp for more than two years, along with other non-Jewish prisoners, until American soldiers liberated them. That was only the beginning of Conka's adventure. Conka went from the camp to a hospital, where it took a year to recover physically from the horrors of torture. Doctors told her she would never have children because the Nazis had experimented on her with unknown drugs. Conka has always been a survivor, but when she left the hospital, she no longer wanted to be marked as one. A scar on her right arm shows the place where she asked doctors to remove the number that had branded her and other prisoners at the camps. The doctors were operating anyway, trying to fix a wound Conka had suffered when a truck full of prisoners left the camp and hit a land mine. But erasing the physical signs couldn't make the memories go away. Conka took those with her when she ran away from Czechoslovakia with George Conka, the man she married. The couple left because Helen Conka refused to sign on with the Communist Party. They landed in a European refugee camp, where a journalist, upon hearing Conka's story, wrote to the United States in search of the fliers she had saved. To this day, she does not know whether he reached them. But within 24 hours of his efforts, she and her husband had immigration papers. After one more day, they were in America. Now, Conka is a widow who lives alone with her two dogs, four cats and a wild dove that perches next to the roses in her back yard. Her house is scattered with cards and gifts from her "grandchildren," three siblings who used to live next to her in a mobile-home park. She prays for their health but worries more about other children who are not so lucky those who are growing up the way she did during wartime, with little food, little love and not much of a home. "I'm struggling all my life, but I always come out OK," Conka said. "If I can go through that, then they (the children) can get through it." 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