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Martin B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1261) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz and Lucille B. Ritvo

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1261

Videotape testimony of Martin B., who was born in Záluzs, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1928. He describes his family farm; their orthodoxy; cordial relations with non-Jews; Hungarian occupation; deportation to the Munkács ghetto, then Auschwitz; briefly staying with his father; transfer as a slave laborer to coal mines; the death march to Gliwice; assistance from a prisoner when he could not walk; train transport to Nordhausen; forced labor in a V2 factory; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; some prisoners taking revenge; leaving with friends; replacing their camp uniforms with German uniforms; brief detention by Allied forces as German soldiers; staying near Hannover; attempting to find his family through the Red Cross; locating two aunts; registering for transfer to Sweden; living at a refugee camp, then in Göteborg; attending school; moving to Mölnlycke with his aunts; emigrating to the United States in 1948; reunion with his sister in 1949; being drafted in 1951; serving in Germany; marriage; and returning to the United States. Mr. B. discusses his career with Fortunoff's and his reluctance to visit Záluzs.

Author/Creator
B., Martin, 1928-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
October 30, 1996.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martin B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1261). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.