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Selene B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-403) interviewed by Ruby Bubis and Erika Jacoby

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-403

Videotape testimony of Selene B., who was born in Białystok, Poland. She recalls German occupation; mass killings; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization; hiding with her family during round-ups; her brother's work as a photographer's assistant (he brought home pictures of the ghetto); her brother arranging for her and her mother to work at a furniture factory; hiding with her mother after the ghetto's liquidation; their arrest and deportation to Stutthof, then Birkenau; working with her mother in a bomb factory; attempting to sabotage the bomb fuses; a public hanging; transfer to Auschwitz; finding her aunt; the death march to Ravensbrück; transfer with her mother and aunt to Neustadt; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. B. describes working for the Soviet army; traveling with her mother to Łódź; returning to Białystok; hearing from her father in the United States; learning her brother had survived; meeting her future husband on a train to Germany; joining her father in the United States; and attending high school. She recalls her nightmares after a trip with her husband to Białystok, Łódź, Birkenau and Auschwitz, and returning to Poland with her children so they could see it through her eyes.

Author/Creator
B., Selene.
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
March 6, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Selene B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-403). 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/1098962
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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