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Al B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2831) interviewed by Susan Millen and Frances Proctor Cohen,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2831

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    Videotape testimony of Al B., who was born in Proszowice, Poland in 1918. He describes a pleasant life in Proszowice; working in a textile factory in Łódź; visiting his parents in September 1939; an unsuccessful escape attempt with his father after the outbreak of war; later fleeing to Lemberg (L'viv); brief arrest by the Soviets in Przemyśl while smuggling themselves back; returning to Proszowice in 1941; forced labor in the Kraków ghetto in 1942; his parents and brother joining him; hiding with his family on a nearby farm; returning to the ghetto; his family's deportation during the ghetto's liquidation; cleaning streets after mass killings; building barracks and roads in Płaszów; working in Schindler's factory; and deportation to Mauthausen in 1944. Mr. B. relates working in a factory in Graz; liberation from Gusen by United States troops; walking with his friends to Linz; briefly returning to Poland; leaving due to antisemitism; reunion with his brother in Terezín; traveling with his brother to Linz; and emigration from Germany to the United States in 1948. Mr. B. discusses the complex relations of people from different countries in concentration camps and adjusting to life in the United States.
    B., Al, 1918-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
    Interview Date
    March 29, 1995.
    Proszowice (Poland)
    L'viv (Ukraine)
    Przemyśl (Poland)
    Linz (Austria)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Cite As
    Al B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2831). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Millen, Susan, interviewer.
    Cohen, Frances Proctor, interviewer.
    Related material: Joseph B. Holocaust testimony [brother] (HVT-2832), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale UniversityLibrary.
    Related material: Al and Joseph B. Holocaust testimony [with brother] (HVT-2833), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 49 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Mutual aid.
    Antisemitism Postwar.

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