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André B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2842) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka and Huguette Puttermilec

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2842

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.

Author/Creator
B., André, 1925-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
Interview Date
March 16, 1994.
Language
French
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288939
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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