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Manasha B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2757) interviewed by Arthur Peskoe and Rochelle Karp

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2757

Videotape testimony of Manasha B., who was born in Ryki, Poland in 1917. He describes his family's prewar life; antisemitism beginning in 1937; German occupation; ghettoization; forced labor; sharing food and shelter with Jewish refugees from Warsaw; separation from his mother and sister when the ghetto was liquidated in May 1942; transfer with two brothers to Dęblin; building airfields; assistance from other inmates, Jewish police, and a doctor when he had typhus; deteriorating conditions after the Warsaw uprising in 1943; learning his two sisters were killed while working in a munitions factory; receiving a letter from his brother who had escaped; stealing guns and escaping with twenty-two other prisoners; hiding in a bunker in the woods; and moving to Lublin in 1944 after its liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. B. recounts opening a soup kitchen for Jewish survivors in Lublin; moving to Warsaw with his brother in 1945; marriage; fleeing to Berlin in January 1946; living in an UNRRA camp; his son's birth in 1947 in Munich; living in Bad Reichenhall; unsuccessful attempts to emigrate to the United States from Munich; moving to Feldafing in 1949; and emigration to the United States in January 1951.

Author/Creator
B., Manasha, 1917-
Published
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Oral History Project, 1994
Interview Date
May 5, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Manasha B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2757). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1089260
Record last modified: 2015-08-04 15:51:00
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