Benjamin M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1916) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- January 16, 1992.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Benjamin M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1916). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Benjamin M., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1918. In addition to information included in previously recorded testimonies (HVT-194 and HVT-939), Mr. M. recounts observing the indifference of many Poles while he was living as a Christian outside the ghetto during the Jewish uprising; arranging a hiding place for his parents and sister in Praga with the help of Poles; constructing hiding places for other Jews; the Polish uprising; fleeing to a village with his future wife; returning to Warsaw after liberation to find Jews in a bunker he had built; reunion with his parents and sister; living in Łódź; marriage; and emigrating to the United States in 1946. Mr. M. discusses the importance of many Poles to his and his family's survival; fears resulting from his experiences; the importance of remembering the Holocaust; his efforts to promote formal and organized remembrance events; organizing survivor gatherings, a registry, educational programs, and museums; his appreciation of the freedoms in the United States and his gratitude to it; and sharing his experiences and remembrance activities with his children.