Maurice B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2425) interviewed by David Herman
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- February 18, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Maurice B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2425). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Maurice B., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1939. He recounts his family observing the Sabbath and kashruth; feeling intimidated by German soldiers he saw from his window; his English grandmother living with them (his mother was born in England); their deportation to Westerbork in summer 1943; receiving food parcels; his father charging him to care for his mother, sister, and grandmother when he was deported (they never saw him again); surgery by an inmate physician when he was ill; his grandmother's toughness to the guards; transfer to Bergen-Belsen two months later; constant hunger; his mother giving birth to a baby girl who died from starvation within a year; taking death for granted; waiting for prisoners to die to get their bread; evacuation by train; liberation by Soviet troops; transport to Paris, then joining his aunt in England; and additional surgery. Mr. B. notes as a child never discussing his experiences; not identifying himself as a Jew until recently, thanks to his daughter; and sculpting helping him to “work out” his past.