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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1070

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.
2 copies:b and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Orna B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1070). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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