Jacob B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1357) interviewed by Marjorie Gordon and Barry Cohen,
Videotape testimony of Jacob B., who was born in Il'nitas, Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine) in 1922. He recalls moving to a small village in 1927; attending yeshivoth in a nearby town in Slovakia and in Munkacs; difficulties returning home after Hungarian occupation in 1938; abusive behavior by the police; increasing anti-Jewish restrictions; dealing on the black market to support his family; changing his last name to escape arrest; compulsory service in a Hungarian labor battalion from 1943 onward in Ózd, Mohács, Pécs, Komárom, and Budapest; efforts to observe the dietary laws; harsh conditions and lack of food; a forced march to Mauthausen, then Gunskirchen; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. B. recounts returning to Czechoslovakia; discovering his family had perished in Auschwitz; fleeing to the American zone; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. B. details many incidents in forced labor and concentration camps and he shows a siddur (prayer book) which he retained throughout the war.
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
- Interview Date
- December 10, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacob B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1357). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.