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Jack B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2434) interviewed by Laure Gutman and Helene Goldberg,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2434

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    Videotape testimony of Jack B., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1927. He recalls his orthodox family; his father's death in 1939; German invasion; destruction of the synagogues; anti-Jewish regulations; his older brothers working as tailors for the Germans; his family's exemption from deportation due to his brothers' jobs; his deportation to Auschwitz, Neukirch, Gross Rosen, and Wüstegiersdorf; receiving extra food from one foreman; being beaten when the extra food was discovered; forced labor burning bodies, making caskets, and working in the kitchen; recovering from a severe burn in a camp hospital; his appointment as barrack head; delaying reports of deaths to get extra rations to help others; and liberation by Soviet troops. He recounts returning to Będzin in a futile effort to find surviving family members; fleeing to Germany with the help of a Jewish Soviet officer; living in a displaced persons camp and in Munich; emigration to the United States in 1950; his marriage; and success at building a family and new life.
    B., Jack, 1927-
    Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1993
    Interview Date
    January 17, 1993.
    Będzin (Poland)
    Auschwitz (Poland : Concentration camp)
    Cite As
    Jack B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2434). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Gutman, Laure, interviewer.
    Oppenheimer, Helene, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

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

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