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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.

B., Irving, 1924-
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
Interview Date
September 14, 1992.
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.