Joseph B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1886) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage Video History Project, 1990
- Interview Date
- November 28, 1990.
- 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.
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.