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Ralph B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-801)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-801

Videotape testimony of Ralph B., who was born in Białystok, Poland in 1915. He recalls his family's involvement in the textile and leather industries; antisemitic incidents; a futile attempt to emigrate in 1938; German invasion; fleeing to Vilnius; returning after Soviet occupation of Białystok; German invasion in June 1941; mass killings and burnings; ghettoization in August; marriage; working outside of the ghetto, thus obtaining additional food; both altruistic and self-serving members of the Judenrat; an unsuccessful uprising at the ghetto's liquidation in August 1943; selection to clean the ghetto rubble (his wife and daughter remained with him); his daughter's death; deportation to Lublin via Treblinka; help from others when he had typhus; and transfer to Auschwitz in July 1944. Mr B. discusses his special affinity for Białystok and shows the Białystok memorial book.

B., Ralph, 1915-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
November 9, 1986.
Białystok (Poland)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ralph B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-801). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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