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Boris A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1208) interviewed by Janet Miller and Zelda Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1208

Videotape testimony of Boris A., who was born in Panevėžys, Lithuania in 1915, one of seven children in a religious family. He recalls his parents' deaths in 1936 and 1938; continuing the family business with his brothers; Soviet occupation when he was in Kovno; opening a brush store in Šiauliai; German invasion; ghettoization; manufacturing brushes for the Germans; his sister's escape, with her three children, from the Kovno ghetto to Šiauliai; deportations of two of her children; and transfer with his brother, sister, and her child to a nearby camp. Mr. A. recounts a German supervisor who hid the child; a privileged assignment making brushes; sharing extra food; his brother's transfer to Panevėžys; transfer to Stutthof; separation from his sister and her child (he never saw them again); working in an underground factory at Landsberg for a year; transfer to Dachau; a death march in April 1945; the importance of food received from a Soviet prisoner and a German officer; liberation in Bad Tölz by United States troops; recuperation in Munich; and emigration to the United States. He discusses reunions with his two surviving brothers and notes his lost belief in God.

Author/Creator
A., Boris, 1915-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1988
Interview Date
January 29, 1988.
Locale
Lithuania
Šiauliai
Kaunas
Panevėžys (Lithuania)
Šiauliai (Lithuania)
Bad Tölz (Germany)
Munich (Germany)
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Boris A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1208). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.