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Jacobo B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2964) interviewed by Leo Spitzer and Marianne Hirsch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2964

Videotape testimony of Jacobo B., who was born in Mákow Mazowiecki, Poland in 1926. He recalls attending Jewish and secular schools; stoning by Polish children; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; work in a forced labor camp, then with his father in the Maków ghetto; transfer to the Mława ghetto; some relatives' deportation to Treblinka; deportation to Auschwitz with his mother, father, and sister; gender separation upon arrival (he never saw them again); digging canals in Birkenau; separation from his father upon transfer to Auschwitz; hospitalization; help from a Polish doctor; return to work; assistance from a Polish kapo; smuggling food with his friends; the death march to Leslau; transport to Mauthausen, Melk, and Ebensee; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling with the Jewish brigade to Modena, then with his friends from the UNRRA camp in Santa Maria di Leuca to Munich; learning carpentry; illegally returning to Italy with 250 others in January 1948; military exercises in Chiari anticipating emigration to Palestine; serving in the Israel-Arab War; and emigration to join his uncle in La Paz in 1953. Mr. B. discusses surviving due to luck; lifelong friendships with friends from camp who helped each other; losing his entire family; and fondness for Bolivia.

B., Jacobo, 1926-
La Paz, Bolivia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 15, 1995.
4 copies: Hi8 master; 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Jacobo B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2964). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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