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Bernard O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4467) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Barbara Hadley Katz,

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    Videotape testimony of Bernard O., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1937, an only child. He recalls his familys' affluence; their insistence he speak only Polish; German invasion; his father's mother giving them gold coins; joining relatives in Warsaw; moving to the Piotrków ghetto; his mother obtaining false papers for herself and him; taking a train with her (his father was hidden with non-Jews); observing Gestapo inspecting papers; jumping off the train without their documents; entering the nearby Radom ghetto; his mother contacting his father; his father joining them; hiding during deportations; his parents volunteering for the local forced labor camp; his mother bribing a guard for him to enter (they did not want children); hiding in the barrack until his mother bribed an official to obtain a number for him; slave labor in a poultry processing plant; evacuation with his mother; their escape from a death march; wandering from farm to farm, working for the farmers, then keeping house for a paralyzed woman and her family; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Łódź; his father joining them; living in the Landsberg displaced persons camp; attending school for the first time; living in Buchloe, then Munich; and emigration to the United States in 1951, with assistance from the Joint. Mr. O. attributes his survival to speaking perfect Polish, not “looking Jewish”; the gold coins; and his mother's resourcefulness. He shows photographs.
    O., Bernard, 1937-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2014
    Interview Date
    July 21, 2014.
    Piotrków Trybunalski
    Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Buchloe (Germany)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Bernard O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4467). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Katz, Barbara Hadley, interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    A copy of an additional photograph is available in the respository.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 24 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Postwar experiences.

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