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Jean B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-701) interviewed by Lee Blum and Elizabeth Jacob,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-701

Videotape testimony of Jean B., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1919, one of five children. She recalls her Zionism; teacher training in Israel; visiting home in summer 1939; German invasion; ghettoization in 1940; helping to create ghetto schools; producing music and dance performances (she sings a song); her parents' death from starvation; arrival of Austrian Jews; round-ups and deportations; hiding with her brother and sister during the final liquidation; her brother's capture; going to the trains with her sister, seeking her brother; transport to Auschwitz; losing her will to live after not finding her brother; her sister sustaining her; selection with her sister and friends for a work camp; forced labor in German camps; their return to Łódź after the war; reunion with her other sister; emigration to the United States rather than Israel in order to remain with her sisters; marriage; and the births of two daughters. Mrs. B. discusses her daughters' interest in her experience and believing that the Jewish leader of the ghetto was a hero, in spite of her low opinion of him during the war. She shows photographs.

B., Jean, 1919-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
March 2, 1986.
Łódź (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jean B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-701). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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