Siegfried B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1517) interviewed by Froma T. Willen and David Conn
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
- Interview Date
- May 13, 1990.
- 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.
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.