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Aaron B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1012) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel and Lee Blum

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1012

Videotape testimony of Aaron B., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1925. He recalls German invasion; volunteering for forced labor in his father's place; digging ditches near the Soviet border in November 1939; escaping to Warsaw two weeks later; unloading trains; obtaining a privileged position with assistance from a German officer; ghettoization; his parents and sister escaping to Białobrzegi in 1942; the German officer helping him to escape to Białobrzegi; forced labor at a munitions factory in Radom; public executions; learning his family was deported; escaping execution with assistance from an Ukrainian guard; transfer to Vaihingen, then Hessental in 1944; a death march to Dachau in February 1945; train evacuation in April; receiving food from the International Red Cross; and liberation by an African-American U.S. tank unit. Mr. B. describes recuperating in a Munich hospital; living in Germany; moving to Leipheim displaced persons camp in 1946; reunion with his sister in Bad Reichenhall; marriage in 1947; traveling by boat from Marseille to Haifa in 1948; serving in the Israeli army; and emigration to the United States. He notes his wife's problems and his insomnia due to their war experiences.

Author/Creator
B., Aaron, 1925-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1987
Interview Date
December 13, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aaron B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1012). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.