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Barry B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-402) interviewed by Elaine Perlsweig and Arnold Band

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-402

Videotape testimony of Barry B., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924. He describes his middle-class, orthodox family; antisemitic incidents; German invasion; ghettoization; helping Jews forced into the ghetto from surrounding villages; overcrowding, starvation, isolation, and deportations; refusing to believe rumors about concentration camps; working as a mechanic repairing sewing machines; his father's death from hunger; hiding his mother during round-ups; liquidation of the ghetto in 1944; separation from his mother upon arrival at Auschwitz/Birkenau (he never saw her again); stealing soup and sharing it with his brother-in-law; volunteering for transfer with his brother-in-law; witnessing the bombardment of Dresden from a train; working at a factory in Siegmar-Schoenau; beatings for stealing soup to feed sick prisoners in 1945; a death march; and disappearance of German guards. Mr. B. recalls traveling to Łódź; finding his sisters and brother; emigration to Canada in 1948; and his persistent fear for three years after the war .

Author/Creator
B., Barry, 1924-
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
March 5, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Barry B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-402). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1098961
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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