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Peter B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-863) interviewed by Susanne Glaser and Elanore L. Lampner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-863

Videotape testimony of Peter B., a Russian Orthodox, who was born in Terijoki, Finland (now Zelenogorsk, R.S.F.S.R.) in 1916. He relates his family's move to Russia after the 1917 Revolution; living in Poland approximately two years; joining his father in Paris in 1925; earning a degree in chemical engineering; volunteering at war's outbreak; attending officers' school; being wounded and captured by the Germans in June 1940; and escaping in July. He recalls being demobilized; working for the Germans to avoid capture; marriage; assisting in resistance activities through his wife and brother-in-law; hiding Jews in their apartment; three arrests by the Gestapo; moving to Salies-de-Be̋arn in 1942 for his wife's health; bribing the border guards to smuggle Jews into unoccupied France; emigration to the United States in 1949; and finding employment through the editor of a Jewish newspaper. He tells about a Russian Orthodox priest in Paris who saved many Jews by providing them with baptismal certificates. Mr. B. discusses his belief that one must act against victimization and such action should be considered the norm rather than praiseworthy.

Author/Creator
B., Peter, 1916-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1992
Interview Date
February 2, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Peter B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-863). 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/1058027
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:09:00
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