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Fred B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2047) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Gabriel Gorenstein,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2047

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    Videotape testimony of Fred B., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1925. He recalls attending Jewish school; non-Jewish neighbors being prohibited from playing with him; his father's and brother's expulsion to Poland; glass-strewn streets following Kristallnacht; registration for a kindertransport (he never went); joining his father and brother in Chrzanów in April 1939; fleeing during German invasion; returning to Chrzanów when overtaken by Germans; antisemitic measures including forced labor; his brother being taken in a round-up; hiding during round-ups; working for his father's friend delivering beverages; smuggling food; public hangings of smugglers; encountering his brother in a nearby camp during a delivery; arranging for food, clothing, and medicine from the Jewish community in Chrzanów for the camp prisoners; hiding with assistance from his German boss during the round-up of Chrzanów's Jews in 1942; surrendering to the police; deportation to Blechhammer; transfer to Faulbrück; slave labor; transfer; overcoming a severe illness; working in a Krupps factory; sabotaging the work; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; a privileged assignment to Canada Kommando due to a family friend; receiving food from a cousin; and being sent to the infirmary.
    B., Fred, 1925-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
    Interview Date
    April 28, 1992.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Chrzanów (Poland)
    Cite As
    Fred B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2047). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Strochlic, Kathy, interviewer.
    Gorenstein, Gabriel, interviewer.
    This testimony ends abruptly and is not complete.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 31 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.

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