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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.

B., Joshua, 1930-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
May 15, 1990.
Bistrița (Bistrița-Năsăud)
United States
Lechint̨a (Romania)
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.