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Andrew B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2042) interviewed by Brana Gurewitsch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2042

Videotape testimony of Andrew B., who was born in Bushtyna, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1930. He recalls his family's long history in the town; Hungarian occupation; his bar mitzvah; Hungarians ransacking Jewish homes; the police chief's wife helping them; forced relocation to Kushnytsya; ghettoization in Mátészalka; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in summer 1944; separation from his mother and grandfather upon arrival (they perished), then from his father and brother; avoiding many selections; forced labor; liquidation of the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); remaining with a cousin; receiving extra food from his aunt; assisting at the arrival of transports from the Łódź ghetto; the death march to Gliwice in January 1945; train transport to Mauthausen; Czech women throwing them food; cannibalism; killing of American prisoners of war; transfer to Gunskirchen; liberation by United States troops; reunion with his father and brother in Budapest; moving to Prague; a futile attempt to recover property in their hometown (they did recover photographs); living in Liberec; and emigrating to the United States. Mr. B. discusses his close relationship to his father and stepmother; seldom speaking of his experiences; and great appreciation for the United States. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Andrew, 1930-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
May 18, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Andrew B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2042). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.