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David B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-535) interviewed by Lee Blum

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-535

Videotape testimony of David B., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1915, one of six children. He recalls the vibrant Jewish community; working in a bank; joining the Greek army in April 1941; returning home in May after defeat by Germany; anti-Jewish laws; the Jewish community paying a huge ransom to free its men; ghettoization; declining to join the communist resistance; round-ups and deportations; hiding his mother and brother; their betrayal; joining them to provide protection; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his family (he never saw them again); transfer to Golleschau; slave labor; return to Auschwitz ten months later; transfer to Majdanek; posing as a Greek Orthodox; transfer to Płászów, Weiliczka, Mauthausen, and Ebensee; liberation by United States troops in spring 1945; returning to Greece via Italy to seek surviving relatives, in spite of knowing they all had perished; marriage in 1946; the births of his children; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mr. B. discusses his belief that he survived due to good luck and that more Jews could have survived in Thessalonikē if the Jewish leadership had not failed.

Author/Creator
B., David, 1915-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
Interview Date
March 3, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-535). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.