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Jacob B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1158) interviewed by Jay Cooperson and Jackie Berger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1158

Videotape testimony of Jacob B., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1933. He describes his family's affluence; moving to his grandfather's house in Czernowitz before the Anschluss in 1938; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion; ghettoization; deportation to Transnistria; his grandfather's murder en route; remaining with his father (his mother was nearby); slave labor in a quarry; limited contact with his father; random executions; adults in the barracks teaching him a variety of subjects; constant fear; being smuggled out briefly by an uncle's friend in 1943; returning three months later; liberation by Soviet troops in 1944; reunion with his parents; their return to Czernowitz; their deportation by the Soviets as German POWs; forced labor in a coal mine; release a year later using false papers; traveling to Bucharest in April 1945; attending school; returning to Vienna in 1946; one antisemitic incident; and their emigration to the United States in 1951. Mr. B. discusses having no basis as a child to differentiate camp from normal life; relations between different Jewish nation groups; permanent eye damage resulting from malnutrition; valuing education above all else as a result of his experiences; and reluctance to share his story with his children.

Author/Creator
B., Jacob, 1933-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1989
Interview Date
February 26, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacob B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1158). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4283392
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
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