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Kurt B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2895) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2895

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    Videotape testimony of Kurt B., who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1923. He recalls antisemitic incidents in public school in 1935; transferring to a Jewish school; assistance from his father's business partner; loss of the family business after Kristallnacht; forced relocation to Mülheim; arrest of his father and brother in 1939 (he never saw them again); his mother's deportation (he never saw her again); moving to Berlin and Frankfurt posing as a non-Jew with false papers; arrest in Leipzig; transfer to Klingelpuetz prison; forced labor in Koeln/Deutz; deportation to Auschwitz; finding strength in observing Jewish holidays and praying with other prisoners; enduring beatings and sadistic punishments; sharing food with a friend; public hangings; a death march during which his friend was killed; transport to Dachau, then Waldlager; railroad work; and liberation from a train by United States troops. Mr. B. describes recuperating with assistance from a German doctor; returning to Cologne; living in Feldafing; and emigrating to the United States in 1947 with assistance from HIAS. He discusses the importance of his acceptance by the religious Jews in Auschwitz; pride in being Jewish; and recurring nightmares.
    B., Kurt, 1923-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 21, 1994.
    Cologne (Germany)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Leipzig (Germany)
    Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany)
    Cite As
    Kurt B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2895). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Blinderman, Joni-Sue, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 48 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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