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Ben L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1023) interviewed by Rosalie Bamberger and Gitta Chaet

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1023

Videotape testimony of Ben L., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1922. He recalls anti-Jewish violence; attending rabbinical school to please his mother; his father's death in 1938; German invasion; ghettoization in 1940; a work assignment outside the ghetto; trading valuables for food to Polish smugglers; his mother and younger brother being smuggled out (he never saw them again); not escaping in order to protect his sister; hiding in a bunker during the uprising; discovery; deportation to Treblinka; selection for transfer to Majdanek after a few days; transfer a few months later to Auschwitz/Birkenau; working outside the camp; trading goods of the murdered Jews for food (prisoners would not have survived without it); public hangings of escapees; planning an escape with three others; the first two being caught and killed; contemplating suicide; transfer to Mauthausen, then Ebensee; rapid deterioration since he could not obtain extra food; liberation by United States troops; and prisoners killing those who had cooperated with the Germans.

Author/Creator
L., Ben, 1922-
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1987
Interview Date
April 22, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ben L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1023). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.