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David B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-699) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Bonnie Dwork and interpreted by Margaret Ransom,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-699

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    Videotape testimony of David B., who was born in Floss, Germany in 1910. He relates being orphaned at a young age; his first five years in a happy household of relatives; attending a school for the deaf in Munich (he was not born deaf) from ages five to thirteen; schools in Jena for two years; his older siblings' emigration to Israel and the United States in 1935; training as a porcelain decorator; work as a designer in Floss; loss of his job due to Nazi restrictions; returning to Munich in 1938; Crystal Night; and internment in Dachau. Mr. B. describes camp life; release four weeks later; work in Munich; a cable from his brother in the United States instructing him to go to Shanghai; leaving six weeks later; arrival on May 9, 1940; conditions of ghettoization, hunger, epidemics, and bombings; working as a lithographic artist; marriage to a Chinese woman; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. B. discusses his extensive art work based on the Holocaust (many have been donated to YIVO and Leo Baeck); his sense that his art tells his story much better than words; and reluctance to tell his children of his experiences.
    B., David, 1910-
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
    Interview Date
    April 14, 1986.
    Hongkou Qu (Shanghai, China)
    Floss (Germany)
    Jena (Germany)
    Munich (Germany)
    Shanghai (China)
    Cite As
    David B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-699). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Ransom, Margaret, interpreter.
    Dwork, Bonnie, interviewer.
    This interview is partially conducted in American sign language and interpreted into spoken English.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 9 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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