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Morris B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1171) interviewed by Roslyn M. Hyman and Nadine Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1171

Videotape testimony of Morris B., who was born in Zambrów, Poland in 1926. One of three brothers, he describes his large, extended family; German occupation in September 1939, followed by Soviet occupation; his continued school attendance; German invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish restrictions; his father's round-up by German troops (they never saw him again); collection of all Jews in August; mass killing of the elderly outside of town and ghettoization of the remainder; forced labor; transfer in November 1942 to an abandoned Polish army barrack; his escape and discovery one week later; and transport to Auschwitz. Mr. B. recalls seeing his family for the last time when leaving the train; being tattooed (#87601) in Birkenau; building the crematoria and gas chambers; the constant smell of death and the red skies resulting from the crematoria fires; liquidation of Jews from Hungary, Łódź, Theresienstadt and the Romanies; transfer to Kaufering; and liberation by American troops. He relates living in displaced camps in Germany and Italy; emigration to Canada; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Mr. B. discusses the importance of freedom; his desire to tell others about his past and their discomfort at hearing it; and his wish that his children and grandchildren see his tape.

Author/Creator
B., Morris, 1926-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
February 5, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Morris B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1171). 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/1058011
Record last modified: 2016-03-28 12:01:00
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