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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.
Locale
Hungary
Mátészalka
Austria
Czechoslovakia
Bushtyno (Ukraine)
Kushnytsya (Ukraine)
Gliwice (Poland)
Budapest (Hungary)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Liberec (Czech Republic)
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.