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Ludwig B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2303) interviewed by Steve Lang and Ann Estus

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2303

Videotape testimony of Ludwig B., who was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1933. He recounts his father's cattle-hide export business; his family moving to Kraków shortly after his birth due to antisemitism; his father's business trip to the United States in 1939, from which he could not return when Germany invaded Poland; his sister's arrest for falsifying documents (they later learned she perished in Auschwitz); ghettoization; round-ups; escaping with his mother; hiding with fifteen relatives in a warehouse attic with assistance from the Polish caretaker; fear of discovery; a pregnant woman having to obtain an abortion; and Soviet liberation. Mr. B. recalls attempting to retrieve family property; attending school as a non-Jew due to antisemitism; learning his father had divorced his mother; joining his father in the United States; attending college; serving in the Coast Guard; marriage; joining his father's business; bringing his mother to the United States; and her eventual emigration to Vienna, Austria. He discusses at length his business ventures and experiences in the United States.

Author/Creator
B., Ludwig, 1933-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
Interview Date
November 10, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ludwig B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2303). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4287272
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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