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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.
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.