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Orna B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1070) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Raya Adler,

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    Videotape testimony of Orna B., who was born in Włocławek, Poland in 1928. She recounts joining Hashomer Hatzair; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions and violence; deportations starting in December; her family traveling to Warsaw; staying in Kraków and Tarnów; her grandfather's murder in June 1942; ghettoization; forced labor; hiding in a bunker during round-ups; her father convincing Amon Goeth to bring them to Płaszów; a sadistic public hanging; her father providing extra food; their transfer to Wieliczka; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau with her mother (she never saw her father again) in August 1944; Hungarian prisoners observing Yom Kippur; arrival of relatives from Holland; separation from her mother in November; transfer to Mühlhausen; stealing food; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in February 1945; lice and corpses everywhere; contracting typhus; and liberation by British troops. Mrs. B. recalls living in Diepholz and Lingen; taking food from Germans in revenge; hearing from relatives in Paris and Tel Aviv; moving to Paris; learning her mother had survived; illegal emigration to Palestine from Marseille in 1946; British incarceration in Cyprus and ʻAtlit; and reunion with her mother. She discusses intergroup relations in the camps; the importance of family to her survival; testifying at war crime trials; and pervasive memories of the camps.
    B., Orna, 1928-
    Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
    Interview Date
    July 6, 1984.
    Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie)
    Paris (France)
    Marseille (France)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Włocławek (Poland)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
    ʻAtlit (Israel)
    Diepholz (Germany)
    Lingen (Lower Saxony, Germany)
    Cite As
    Orna B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1070). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rozner, Raphael, interviewer.
    Adler, Raya, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.

    Physical Details

    2 copies:b and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hrs., 38 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Child survivors.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. War crime trials. Fathers and daughters. Forced labor. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Psychological aspects. Jews--Poland--Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie) Jewish ghettos. Mothers and daughters. Revenge. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Concentration camp inmates--Religious life. Poland. Paris (France) Marseille (France) Warsaw (Poland) Palestine--Emigration and immigration. Włocławek (Poland) Kraków (Poland) Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland) ʻAtlit (Israel) Cyprus. Diepholz (Germany) Lingen (Lower Saxony, Germany) Oral histories (document genres) B., Orna,--1928- Göth, Amon,--1908-1946. World Hashomer Hatzair. Płaszów (Concentration camp) Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp) Wieliczka (Concentration camp)

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