Leo B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1310) interviewed by Rose Magel and Jay Cooperson
- Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1989
- Interview Date
- May 21, 1989.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leo B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1310). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leo B., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1921, the oldest of four children. He recalls his family's affluence; his bar mitzvah in 1934; anti-Jewish restrictions; deportation with his father to Sachsenhausen in September 1939; arduous slave labor; assisting his father; transfer to Braunschweig in 1941; slave labor for Volkswagen-Vorwerk; return to Sachsenhausen; transfer with his father to Auschwitz in 1942, then to Buna/Monowitz; his father's selection for death in 1943; his friends from Berlin helping each other; public hangings; starvation and sadistic beatings; helping friends escape in 1944; hiding in the hospital to avoid punishment; a death march in January 1945; transport to Buchenwald, then Altenburg; working in a munitions factory; sabotaging his machine; liberation by United States troops in April; hospitalization; returning to Berlin; reunion with his mother, brother, and one sister (they were hidden by a non-Jew); learning his other sister was killed; and emigration to the United States, with assistance from HIAS, in June 1946 to join an uncle. Mr. N. discusses many details of camp life; the impossibility of conveying everything; claustrophobia resulting from his experiences; and his son's interest in children of survivors.