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Jack B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-859) interviewed by Bob Jacobson and Irene Wasserkrug

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-859

Videotape testimony of Jack B., who was born in 1919 in Warsaw, Poland. He recalls religious family life; singing in the Norzyk Synagogue choir under several famous cantors; playing soccer for Jewish sports groups; working as a furrier from the age of thirteen on; conscription into the Polish army when Germany invaded; returning to Warsaw after defeat; ghettoization; the last synagogue service at which Cantor Gershon Sirota sang; selling fur clothing to feed his family; sleeping in a bunker to avoid deportation; and the disappearance of his parents and others until only he and his brother remained. Mr. B. describes their underground fighting group; ambushing Germans; forced surrender; separation from his brother at the train station (he never saw him again); deportation to Auschwitz; forced labor; transfer to Poniatowa, then Majdanek; transport to Buchenwald in 1945; Czechs throwing food into the open cars; being forced to watch hangings; and a severe beating for forgetting to remove his cap. He relates liberation by American troops; living in the Landsberg refugee camp, then Munich; acquiring a fur shop; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1949.

Author/Creator
B., Jack, 1919-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1991
Interview Date
October 27, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-859). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.