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Fred B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-664) interviewed by Jeffrey S. Winter,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-664

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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    B., Fred, 1909-1999.
    Published
    Des Moines, Iowa : Des Moines Holocaust Survivors Project, 1985
    Interview Date
    November 19, 1985.
    Locale
    Poland
    Łódź
    Łódź (Poland)
    Cite As
    Fred B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-664). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Winter, Jeffrey S., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 18 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar experiences.
    Wife Death.
    Antisemitism Postwar.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1055924
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:44:00
    This page:
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