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Leo B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1310) interviewed by Rose Magel and Jay Cooperson,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1310

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    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.
    B., Leo, 1921-
    Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1989
    Interview Date
    May 21, 1989.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Leo B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1310). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Cooperson, Jay, interviewer.
    Magel, Rose, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 13 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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