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Dov B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1819) interviewed by Amit Dobkin and Shlomit Mahler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1819

Videotape testimony of Dov B., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1914, the youngest of three children. Mr. B. recounts attending school; antisemitic violence; participation in Hashomer Hatzair; his brother's emigration to Palestine in 1932; attending university in Warsaw; moving to a hachsharah; returning home due to illness; German invasion; fleeing with his girlfriend; returning; ghettoization; contact with the Judenrat; his sister's round-up and deportation; living on a kibbutz in the “small ghetto”; contact with Jewish resistance leaders from Warsaw, like Arye Wilner; helping to organize the Jewish Fighting Organization (ZOB) with Tossia Altman, among others; Germans killing Jewish hostages after a resistance action; missions outside the ghetto; conflicts with the Judenrat and Jewish police; building bunkers; an escapee from Treblinka relating he had seen Mr. B.'s wife; he and another underground member establishing a base in a nearby forest; living on the farm of a Polish family; destroying telephone wires; others from the ghetto joining them; returning to meet with the ZOB, then back to the Polish farm; more fighters joining him; contact with hostile Polish partisans; cooperating with a leftist partisan group; learning the ghetto had been liquidated; forming a partisan group; building a bunker; many deaths from an attack by Polish partisans; contacts with the Warsaw ghetto underground, including Tossia Altman; two members of his group joining a Polish Communist partisan group; killing a former ghetto policeman and suspected collaborator; and a Communist partisan group enlisting their help to fight the Germans.

Author/Creator
B., Dov, 1914-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
Interview Date
April 8, May 20, July 24, August 12, September 3, and September 12, 1986.
Locale
Poland
Częstochowa
Częstochowa (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam restoration master; Betacam restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dov B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1819). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284387
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:26:00
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