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Gerhard B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1849) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1849

Videotape testimony of Gerhard B., who was born in Teplice, Czechoslovakia in 1924. He recalls attending Jewish and Czech schools; learning German; attending gymnasium in Duchcov; being sent with his sister to live with his grandparents in Kraków in 1938; being joined by their parents in 1939; German invasion; substituting for his father for forced labor; their expulsion from Kraków; moving to Niepołomice; forced relocation to Wieliczka; his grandparents', parents', and sister's deportation (he never saw them again); digging mass graves for murdered Jews; transfer to Rzesźow; escaping to Kraków in August 1942; finding no Poles would help him; a futile attempt to illegally enter Slovakia; volunteering in Rabka for labor in Germany, posing as a Pole; obtaining Polish papers; forced labor in Frankfurt an der Oder; traveling to Berlin and Nuremberg when Polish workers became suspicious; arrest and imprisonment; beatings which resulted in his permanent hearing loss; transfer to Flossenbürg, then Moosach and Allach in 1943; working in a BMW factory and as a translator; clandestinely helping Jews whose conditions were worse; liberation in April 1945 by United States troops; living in Prague; emigrating to Israel in 1948; marriage; and emigrating to the United States in 1957.

Author/Creator
B., Gerhard, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
October 3, 1991.
Locale
Teplice (Czech Republic)
Czechoslovakia
Duchov (Czech Republic)
Kraków (Poland)
Niepołomice (Poland)
Israel
Wieliczka (Poland)
Rabka (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany)
Berlin (Germany)
Nuremberg (Germany)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gerard B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1849). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.