Gerhard B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2813) interviewed by Gabrielle Tyrnauer
- Austria : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- July 22, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Gerhard B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2813). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Gerhard B., a Romani. He recalls moving with his family from Silesia to the Sudentenland in 1937 or 1938; posing as non-Romanies (they dyed their hair red) as they performed in many places until 1942; arrest in Karlsbad in 1942; escaping to hide in Austria and Bavaria; and receiving assistance from German performers. Mr. B. describes fleeing from Nazi authorities with his sister and her baby, walking 400 kilometers during the night, hiding by day, and receiving help from many Czechs. He discusses his strong Romaniidentity; helpfulness of Jews to Romanies; conveying hostility to Hitler and Germans to his children; their unwillingness to serve in the German military which killed so many of their relatives; reluctance to have his children marry Germans; and refusing to have his testimony available in Germany.