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Siegfried B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1517) interviewed by Froma T. Willen and David Conn

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1517

Videotape testimony of Siegfried B., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1926. He recalls his childhood in a religious home; anti-Semitic incidents; the Anschluss; Kristallnacht; anti-Jewish restrictions and violence; his Bar Mitzvah in 1939; attending a Jewish school; forced labor; and deportation with his parents to the Łódź ghetto in October 1941. Mr. B. describes ghetto life: his father's death from starvation in May 1942; frequent atrocities and deportations, including his mother in March 1943; transport to Częstochowa; forced labor in a HASAG factory; participation in religious activities; hospitalization; transfer to Buchenwald in December 1944; the organization and hierarchy of the prisoner population; being saved from selection by two doctors, one a non-Jew; liberation by United States troops; returning to Vienna; hospitalization in Salzburg; and emigration to the United States. He discusses adverse reactions when he conveyed his experience to others; nightmares; and the emotional support of his wife and children.

Author/Creator
B., Siegfried, 1926-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
May 13, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Siegfried B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1517). 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/1089278
Record last modified: 2014-05-21 15:01:00
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