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Maurice B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2425) interviewed by David Herman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2425

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    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.
    B., Maurice, 1939-
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
    Interview Date
    February 18, 1993.
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Maurice B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2425). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mutual aid.
    Childbirth in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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