Erwin B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2875) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
- Interview Date
- January 18, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Erwin B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2875). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Erwin B., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1926, the youngest of seven children. He recounts his father's death in 1936; his mother's struggle to support the family; being accepted at the Korczak orphanage; German occupation; ghettoization; leaving the orphanage; watching Janusz Korczak's deportation with the orphans; smuggling food for his family; fleeing to the Wyszogród ghetto; joining his siblings in the Płońsk ghetto; working as a non-Jew for a Polish farmer; deportation with his mother and siblings to Auschwitz in late 1942; separation from his mother and sisters (he never saw them again); slave labor in Buna/Monowitz, then Birkenau; receiving medicine from a friend; transfer to Stutthof; assistance from a German officer and two French doctors; building airstrips in several labor camps; a death march from Dachau to Allach; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. B. recalls recuperating in Mühldorf; assistance from HIAS in Munich; reunion with his brothers in Belgium; emigration to Israel; military service in 1948; marriage; returning to Belgium; and emigrating to Canada in 1951. He discusses the Korczak orphanage; trips to Poland in 1983 and 1988, including an orphanage reunion; and sharing his experiences with his daughter.