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Joseph B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2832) interviewed by Susan Millen and Frances Proctor Cohen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2832

Videotape testimony of Joseph B., who was born in Proszowice, Poland in 1923. He recalls antisemitic incidents during his childhood; German invasion; slave labor in Piotrkowice; hiding with his parents in the fields during the first deportation in 1942; moving to the Kraków ghetto; hiding with his parents, brother, and uncle on a nearby farm; assistance from a Polish woman; returning to the ghetto; deportation with his parents to Birkenau after the ghetto's liquidation on March 12, 1942; slave labor in the coal mine in Jawiszowitz; praying with other inmates on Yom Kippur; acquiring a privileged position as a dentist's helper; sharing extra food with his father and friends; the death march to Buchenwald via Gleiwitz; working in stone mines in Crawinkel and Espenfeld; the death march from Buchenwald to Litoměrǐce; and liberation by Soviet troops from Theresienstadt. Mr. B. tells of his father's death; traveling to Prague; returning to Theresienstadt; reunion with his brother; traveling to Linz; emigration with his brother from Mannheim to the United States in 1948; and episodes of adjusting to a new life, most of which are described in the book "Against All Odds."

B., Joseph, 1923-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 29, 1995.
Proszowice (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Linz (Austria)
Mannheim (Germany)
Piotrkowice k/Buska (Poland)
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2832). Fortunoff Video Archive forHolocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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