Philip B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2703) interviewed by Michael Alpert
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- August 6, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Philip B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2703). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Philip B., who was born in Izbica, Poland in 1929. This testimony includes and expands upon information from an earlier testimony [HVT-198]. Mr. B. recounts prewar antisemitism; his arrival in Sobibór; his brother's privileged position as a pharmacist, to which Mr. B. attributes his survival; forced labor sorting clothing of the Jews who were gassed; escape attempts and subsequent public executions; prisoners conspiring to kill a kapo who allied himself with the camp administration; revenge on the camp staff during the prisoner uprising in October 1943; help from non-Jewish villagers after escaping with his brother; hostility from some of the local population; detention in Zembrzyce after Soviet liberation in 1944; being robbed and beaten by members of Armia Krajowa in Lublin; traveling to Germany; living in a displaced persons camp near Berlin and then Heidenheim; and emigration to the United States in 1950. Mr. B. discusses his several visits to Sobibór; sharing his experiences with his children; giving talks to students; and frequent nightmares.