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Bernice S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1336) interviewed by Ilene London and Bob Jacobson

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1336

Videotape testimony of Bernice S. who was born in Białystok, Poland in 1923. She recalls her traditional orthodox family; Russian occupation; her father losing his job; her brother's arrest and exile to Siberia; German invasion; ghettoization; working outside the ghetto for a German who protected her (he was honored as a "Righteous among the Nations" by Yad Vashem); formation of an underground; and deportation to Majdanek, then Bliżyn. Mrs. S. decribes transfer to Auschwitz; the death march to Płaszów, Gross Rosen and Ravensbrück in 1945; release of the prisoners; wandering through German villages; receiving assistance from Soviet soldiers; returning to Białystok; marriage in 1946; leaving Poland ; living in a displaced persons camp until 1949; and emigrating to the United States.

Author/Creator
S., Bernice, 1923-
Published
Baltimore, Md., : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
September 12, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bernice S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1336). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.