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Fred B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1497) interviewed by Sonia Simons, Claire Schuschny, and Janice Gordon

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1497

Videotape testimony of Fred B., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1922. He recalls antisemitic incidents; the boycott of Jewish businesses, including his family's, in 1933; anti-Jewish restrictions; Kristallnacht; his brother's and sister's emigration; non-Jews bringing them food; arrest with his parents in February 1943; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his parents (he never saw them again); transfer to Monowitz; return to Auschwitz; a variety of work details; contacts with women who worked in the Union Kommando and who sabotaged munitions they produced; rejecting homosexual advances from a Polish political prisoner; the death march in January 1945 to Gross-Rosen; transport to Bolkenhain, Hirschberg, and Buchenwald; posing as a Frenchman; self-liberation of Buchenwald; and the arrival of United States troops on April 11, 1945. Mr. B. recounts his hospitalization; moving to Fulda; efforts to regain his family property; emigration to the United States in 1946; reunion with his sister and brother; marriage in 1949; and establishing his family and business. He discusses many details of concentration camp life and visits to Berlin.

B., Fred, 1922-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1990-1991
Interview Date
November 19, 1990 and January 28, 1991.
Berlin (Germany)
Fulda (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fred B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1497). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.