Fred B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-664) interviewed by Jeffrey S. Winter,
Videotape testimony of Fred B., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1909. One of nine children, he recalls his father owned a tailor shop which employed twenty-two workers; attending school; learning tailoring from his father; antisemitism; marriage at age twenty-seven; enlisting in the Polish army reserves; and the German invasion. Mr. B. recounts ghettoization; forced labor assembling army uniforms; the round-up of elderly and children, including his two-year-old son; learning they had all been gassed; receiving food and information from a German officer they had known before the war; deportation to Auschwitz; being brutally beaten by guards; transfer three days later to Kaufering, then Dachau and Kempten; camp conditions including cruel kapos, beatings and murders; and libration by American troops from a death march. He describes learning of his wife's death; returning to Łódź; reunion with a brother and a sister; fleeing to Germany; working for a United States agency; and emigration to the United States in 1949.
- Des Moines, Iowa : Des Moines Holocaust Survivors Project, 1985
- Interview Date
- November 19, 1985.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Fred B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-664). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.