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Arthur B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1351) interviewed by Frania Block and Sydrea Quate,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1351

Videotape testimony of Arthur B., who was born in Tomaszów Lubelski, Poland in 1924. He recalls his family's affluence; German bombardment and invasion; brief Soviet occupation; return of the Germans; occupation of their home by officers; the round-up and beating of Jewish men; bringing valuables to free his father; and escape to Rava-Rus'ka in the Soviet zone. Mr. B. recounts deportation with his mother to Siberia; forced labor at a logging village near Barnaul; cold and hunger; release after a year and a half; working in Barnaul; repatriation to Wrocław in early 1946; learning of his father's death; antisemitism; fleeing to Austria; marriage; living at several displaced persons camps including Linz; working for the Joint in Linz; and emigration to the United States in 1950. He shows his father's letters which they received in Siberia and contrasts Soviet labor camps and the basic kindness of the Soviets compared to German extermination camps and the associated sadistic treatment of prisoners.

B., Arthur, 1924-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
June 4, 1989.
Tomaszów Lubelski (Poland)
Barnaul (Altaĭskiĭ kraĭ, Russia)
Linz (Austria)
Wrocław (Poland)
Rava-Rusʹka (Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Arthur B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1351). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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