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Bluma B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2327) interviewed by Chaya Roth and Elsa Roth

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2327

Videotape testimony of Bluma B., who was born in Warsaw (Praga), Poland in 1922. She recalls graduation from gymnasium in June 1939; German invasion; ghettoization; a Judenrat member helping her family locate living quarters; round-ups by Jewish police; streets strewn with corpses; her mother's and sister's deportation (she never saw them again); forced factory labor; living with her father at Mila 5; youth activities; surviving the big selection at the end of 1942; hiding with her father in a bunker during the winter; the Jewish uprising in 1943; being burned out; deportation to Majdanek; separation from her father upon arrival (she never saw him again); meaningless slave labor; public hangings; transfer to Skarżysko-Kamienna; assignment to Werke C; transfer to a HASAG factory at Leipzig; a death march in April 1945; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. B. describes returning to Warsaw; traveling to Płock with a friend; marriage to another survivor in Łódź; traveling to Hamburg; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States. She discusses her unhappiness and indecision immediately after the war; being an overprotective parent as a result of her experiences; seeing the best and worst of people during the war; and ever-present memories of that time.

Author/Creator
B., Bluma, 1922-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1990
Interview Date
March 25, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bluma B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2327). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.