André B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2842) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka and Huguette Puttermilec
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
- Interview Date
- March 16, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- André B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2842). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Andre B., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1925. He recounts his family's move to Antwerp in 1929; joining a Jewish socialist youth group; attending public school; fleeing with his family toward France during the German invasion; encountering German forces; returning home; Resistance activities; his father's orders to report for forced labor (he never saw him again); deportation with his mother and sister to Malines; three days later their deportation by passenger train; orders to leave the train at Cosel (he never saw his mother or sister again); transfer to Kleinmangersdorf, Babitz, then Trzebinia; slave labor on railroads from which scars remain; relocation to the Chrzanów ghetto for one day for camp disinfection; assistance from the ghetto residents; severe depression; transfer to Annaberg, then Blechammer; public executions; two German guards allowing them to rest; receiving socks from British POWs which saved his life; a death march to Gross-Rosen in January 1945; train transport to Buchenwald; assistance from a French prisoner; liberation by United States troops; placement in Weimar by the Red Cross; repatriation to Brussels in May; reunion with a cousin; marriage; living in Poland for five years; and emigration to Paris in 1958. Mr. B. discusses relations between prisoner groups in the camps; the importance of being with friends to his survival; his lost childhood; and sharing his experiences with those who ask, including his children.