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Leo B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2680) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Barbara Hadley Katz,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2680

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Leo B., who was born in Sosnowiec, Poland in 1918 to a family of seven children. He describes family life, especially his mother's vital role; the outbreak of war; anti-Jewish measures; being humiliated by Germans; forced labor in a factory; one brother's deportation in 1941; his sisters' deportation in 1942; a round-up in 1942; his father's and aunt's deportation (he never saw them again); his deportation to Gräditz (he never saw his mother, oldest brother and sister again); transfer in three months to Brande, then Blechhammer; and forced labor and beatings, from which he still bears scars. Mr. B. recalls assistance from local people in Gräditz and a German girl in Brande; Lageraltester Karl Demerer in Blechhammer; liberation from Blechhammer by civilians in 1945; walking to Sosnowiec; the return of two sisters; moving with them to Reichenbach; reunion with his surviving brother; traveling with his brother and sisters to Erding; his sisters' marriages; his brother's emigration to the United States in 1950; and his own in 1951. He reflects on the futility of the deaths of his mother, brothers, and sisters; the pervasiveness of his memories; and his doubts that the world can ever learn a lesson.
    Author/Creator
    B., Leo, 1918-
    Published
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
    Interview Date
    November 1, 1994.
    Locale
    Poland
    Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
    Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
    Dzierżoniów (Poland)
    Erding (Germany)
    Cite As
    Leo B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2680). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rudof, Joanne Weiner, interviewer.
    Katz, Barbara Hadley, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 2 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1091658
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:44:00
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