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Halina B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1806) interviewed by Raphael Rozner, Shlomit Mahler and Amit Dobkin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1806

Videotape testimony of Halina B., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1929. She recalls German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization; distracting herself from harsh conditions by reading and dreaming of becoming invisible; her brother disposing of corpses on the Umschlagplatz after deportations; hiding during round-ups; escaping deportation with her mother and brother by bribing a soldier; hiding in a bunker with her mother, brother, and his wife Hela; deportation to Majdanek; separation from her mother and brother; appels, hunger, beatings, selections, and slave labor; fighting to stay with Hela; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; Hela's death; improved conditions after assignment to Canada Kommando; being shot by a guard; recuperating in the infirmary; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück; transfer to Neustadt-Glewe; disappearance of the Germans; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Warsaw; reunion with her older brother; joining Hashomer Hatzair; studying in Paris; and emigrating to Israel. Mrs. B. discusses many details and episodes of ghetto and camp life; the importance of her friends to her survival; losing her belief in God in Neustadt-Glewe; physical and psychological scars resulting from her experiences; and writing a book about her experiences.

Author/Creator
B., Halina, 1929-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985-1986
Interview Date
October 30, 1985, December 25, 1985, January 22, 1986, February 26, 1986, April 17, 1986, May 20, 1986, and July 14, 1986.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Warsaw (Poland)
Paris (France)
Palestine
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Halina B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1806). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284315
Record last modified: 2018-05-29 11:58:00
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