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Erwin B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2875) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2875

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.

B., Erwin, 1926-
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.