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Irving B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2304) interviewed by Steven Lang and Bernice Blum,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2304

Videotape testimony of Irving B., who was born in Khust, Czechoslovakia in 1924. He recalls his large, orthodox family; attending public school; Hungarian occupation in 1938; his father's death; anti-Jewish laws; fleeing to Budapest in 1943; brief arrest; fleeing to Nyíregyháza, then Szeged, in 1944; ghettoization in March; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau, Mauthausen, then Melk; slave labor digging trenches; assisting a rabbi from his hometown; defusing undetonated bombs; transfer to Ebensee; fellow prisoners hiding him and sharing their food when he was too ill to work; cannibalism; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. B. describes recuperating; traveling to Prague, then Budapest; illegally entering Austria; assistance from UNRRA in Graz displaced persons camp; traveling to Italy; marriage in Cremona; the births of two sons; and emigration to the United States in February 1950.

Author/Creator
B., Irving, 1924-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
Interview Date
September 14, 1992.
Locale
Hungary
Szeged
Czechoslovakia
Khust (Ukraine)
Budapest (Hungary)
Nyíregyháza (Hungary)
Szeged (Hungary)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Cremona (Italy)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irving B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2304). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.