Bernice B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1161) interviewed by Jeanette Peckerman and Sandy Hoffman
- Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1988
- Interview Date
- October 10, 1988.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Bernice B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1161). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Bernice B., who was born in Strzemieszyce Wielkie, Poland in 1925, the oldest of five children. She recalls pervasive antisemitism; German invasion; expulsion from their house; hiding during round-ups; ghettoization; forced factory labor; deportation to Neustadt in 1942 (she never saw her family again); transfer after three years to Flossenbürg, then Bergen-Belsen; liberation; returning home seeking surviving family; leaving when she found no one; living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; marriage in 1946; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States. Ms. B. discusses surviving due to her hope that she would reunite with her family; observing Jewish holidays in camp; and severe depression, loss of belief in God, and suicidal thoughts upon learning no one in her family had survived. She shows photographs.