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Max B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1125) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Lawrence L. Langer,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1125

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    Videotape testimony of Max B., who was born in Łódź, Poland, in 1914. This testimony includes all of the information in an earlier interview (HVT-94). Additional topics discussed include prewar antisemitism in Poland; his draft into the Polish army after the outbreak of war; ghettoization; volunteering with his younger brother when Ḥayim Rumkowski asked for laborers; working as electricians in a labor camp; the importance of remaining with his brother; relatively good conditions; transfer and separation from his brother upon arrival in Auschwitz; transfer to Monowitz; the death march to Gleiwitz; transfer with his brother in an open cattle car to overcrowded camps; and working in Dora. Mr. B. details participating in resistance and sabotage in concentration camps; taking the place of weaker prisoners during selections; feeling responsible for people being hanged for sabotage in Dora; increasingly severe conditions of starvation and dehumanization; witnessing cannibalism during transport to Bergen-Belsen; the physical and psychological state of survivors after liberation by British troops; escaping to Celle; meeting American troops; moving to Hannover; marriage; and emigration to the United States.
    B., Max, 1914-1991.
    Boston, Mass. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
    Interview Date
    December 2, 1988.
    Łódź (Poland)
    Chełm (Lublin, Poland)
    Hannover (Germany)
    Celle (Germany)
    Cite As
    Max B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1125). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Langer, Lawrence L., interviewer.
    Associated material: B. Family Holocaust testimony (HVT-94), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 12 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Soviet occupation.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Postwar experiences.

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