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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.
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.