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Aron B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2963) interviewed by Leo Spitzer and Marianne Hirsch,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2963

Videotape testimony of Aron B., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1927. He recalls his father's position as a cantor in a modern synagogue; attending a secular Jewish school; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; his father's arrest on June 28 (he never saw him again); anti-Jewish restrictions; escaping with his mother, brother, and sister from a selection for a mass killing while on their way to the ghetto; hiding with his family during liquidation of the small ghetto in October; a German saving them; moving into the second ghetto; hiding during selections; his mother's disappearance in August 1943; liquidation of the ghetto in September; separation from his brother and sister when their hiding place was discovered; slave labor in Ereda, Narwa, Kiviõli, and Goldfilz; public hanging of an escapee; beatings for smuggling food; a death march; transfer by ship to Stutthof; slave labor in Dautmergen; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; cannibalism; and liberation by British troops on April 15, 1945. Mr. B. recounts working for a Yiddish newspaper in Bamberg displaced persons camp; contacting his uncle in Bolivia through the Red Cross; and emigrating to La Paz via Paris. He reflects upon ghetto and camp life and his responses to them.

B., Aron, 1927-
La Paz, Bolivia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 25, 1995.
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Paris (France)
La Paz (Bolivia)
4 copies: Hi 8 master; 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aron B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2963). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.