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Thomas B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-400) interviewed by Florabel Kinsler and Janet Hadda

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-400

Videotape testimony of Thomas B., who was born in Izbica, Poland in 1927. He recalls deteriorationg conditions after German invasion; Jewish refugees in 1941 who spoke of gassings at Chełmno and the inability to believe this; Izbica's use as a collection point for Jews starting in 1942; the first round-up and transport, ostensibly to L'vov; learning it had gone to Belzec, where there was a big fire and terrible smell; round-ups thereafter; obtaining Polish papers; and attempting to escape to Hungary in January 1943. Mr. B. relates capture and imprisonment; returning to Izbica; transport to the Sobibór extermination camp with his family in April 1943; their selection for gassing; and his assignment as a shoeshine boy. He describes how the October 1943 revolt was organized, executed and his role; escape; hiding in Izbica for five months; betrayal and discovery in April 1944; feigning death to escape; continued pursuit and hiding; his depression upon liberation; and postwar antisemitism. Mr. B. discusses implications of the Sobibór revolt, his conviction that remembering is a form of revenge, and his cooperation with Richard Rashke in documenting the revolt.

Author/Creator
B., Thomas, 1927-2015.
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
June 19, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Thomas B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-400). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1055945
Record last modified: 2015-11-03 09:06:00
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