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Jacob B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1357) interviewed by Marjorie Gordon and Barry Cohen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1357

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.

B., Jacob, 1922-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
December 10, 1989.
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Ózd (Hungary)
Mohács (Hungary)
Pécs (Hungary)
Budapest (Hungary)
Komárom (Hungary)
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.