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Joseph B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1886) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1886

Videotape testimony of Joseph B., who was born in Lemberg, Austria (presently Lʹviv, Ukraine) in 1907. Mr. B. recalls his family's affluence; pervasive antisemitism; three years of Polish military service; marriage; the births of two daughters; Soviet occupation; German invasion; ghettoization; a leadership role on the Judenrat; teaching his daughters to assume Christian identities; leaving his younger daughter in a park, hoping non-Jews would take her in; hiding his wife and older daughter; liquidation of the ghetto; transfer to Janowska; learning that his wife and older daughter were killed; forced labor in a forest; escape; hiding with farmers he knew; obtaining false papers with assistance from a Polish friend; working in Tarnów; being taken by the partisans; their unwillingness to let him join because no one knew him; liberation by Soviet troops in Rzeszów; enlisting in the military; locating his daughter; kidnapping her because her "adopted" family would not let her go; taking revenge on the man who killed his wife and daughter; marriage to his daughter's baby sitter (a Jewish woman who had hidden as a Pole); moving to Berlin; living in a displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States. Mr. B. shows documents and photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Joseph, 1907-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage Video History Project, 1990
Interview Date
November 28, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1886). 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/4284965
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