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Philip B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2703) interviewed by Michael Alpert

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2703

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.

Author/Creator
B., Philip, 1925-2016.
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
August 6, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288676
Record last modified: 2016-08-22 09:20:00
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