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Rafi B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1818) interviewed by Amit Dobkin and Dina Choshen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1818

Videotape testimony of Rafi B., who was born in Cluj, Romania in 1920, the youngest of three children. He recounts his father's death when he was three; moving to Timișoara; attending a Romanian school; speaking German, French, Hungarian, and Romanian; moving to Bratislava; active participation in Hashomer Hatzair beginning in 1933; working for his aunt as a photographer; being sent to Prague in 1938 by Hashomer Hatzair to organize there; his brother's emigration to London; working for Hechalutz and continuing as a photographer; changing his name to a non-Jewish one; obtaining false papers for himself and his mother (he lived with her); moving to Trenčianské Teplice, then to Budapest to organize rescue networks and illegal emigration to Palestine; borrowing United States identity documents that he used for the duration of the war; his mother joining him in Budapest; his son's birth in July 1945; representing the Zionist organization of Hungary in London; obtaining false papers in Prague for illegal emigration to Palestine; living on a kibbutz; his appointments as Israeli ambassador to several countries; and returning to the kibbutz. Mr. B. discusses his strong Zionist commitment; always working as part of an organization during the war; and ease in posing as a non-Jew due to his appearance and not having been circumcised.

Author/Creator
B., Rafi, 1920-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
Interview Date
April 8, 1986.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rafi B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1816). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284382
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