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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.
Maków Mazowiecki
La Paz (Bolivia)
Maków Mazowiecki (Poland)
Modena (Italy)
Munich (Germany)
Chiari (Italy)
Santa Maria di Leuca, Cape (Italy)
4 copies: Hi8 master; 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacobo B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2964). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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