Leo B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1824) interviewed by Dina Choshen and Chaya Mʻeiri
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986, 1987, and 1988
- Interview Date
- August 12, 1986, June 25, 1987, and January 28, 1988.
- 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-1824). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leo B., who was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1921, the middle of three children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; attending Jewish school; participating in Agudat, intending to emigrate to Palestine; preparing for that in Darmstadt; his brother's emigration to Palestine; burning of the synagogue on Kristallnacht; emigrating with his mother, father, and sister to Amsterdam; incarceration with his father in refugee camps; transfer by himself to Deventer, Eindhoven, then Westerbork; finding his father there; arrival of many Jews after German occupation; organizing activities for the children; celebrating Jewish holidays; transfer to Auschwitz, then Gleiwitz; slave labor in a train repair facility; beatings for taking extra food and for having tefillin; hospitalization; transfer to Blechhammer; liberation by Soviet troops; transport to Kraków, then Gleiwitz; volunteering in a hospital; learning his parents and sister were killed; living in Switzerland for six months; illegal emigration to Palestine; reunion with his brother; joining the Haganah; his brother's death in the 1948 war; marriage; the births of two children; and his career as a rehabilitation expert for handicapped people. Mr. B. discusses his loss of faith due to his experiences,