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Joshua B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1515) interviewed by Barry Cohen and Laure Gutman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1515

Videotape testimony of Joshua B., who was born in 1930 in Lechința, Romania where his grandfather was the rabbi. He recalls moving to a village; anti-Semitic incidents; Hungarian occupation; moving with his grandparents and older brother to another town in 1941; being forced to move to the Bistrița ghetto around Passover in 1944; and deportation to Auschwitz about a month later. Mr. B. describes separation from his grandfather, whom he never saw again; transfer to Birkenau; finding his father, who brought extra food to him and his brother; his father's transfer (he did not survive); sharing tefillin with other prisoners; transfer with his brother to Kaufering, then Kaufbeuren; receiving assistance from local farmers; transfer to Dachau in January 1945; and liberation in April. He tells of recovering in Stankt Ottilien and Feldafing; attending yeshiva in a displaced persons camp; emigrating to the United States in December 1946; and living in an orphanage in Bronx, New York while attending the yeshiva of Rabbi Halberstam. Mr. B. discusses the importance of his strong religious beliefs to his survival.

Author/Creator
B., Joshua, 1930-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
May 15, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joshua B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1515). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.