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Meir B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3199) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak and Ania Tarsi

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3199

Videotape testimony of Meir B., who was born in Kraków, Poland (then Austro-Hungarian Monarchy) in 1912, one of five brothers. He recalls attending public school, cheder, and a Jewish gymnasium; attending university in Warsaw; teaching at the gymnasium from which he graduated; German invasion in September 1939; briefly fleeing east with his family; returning home; anti-Jewish restrictions including confiscation of the family business; contacts with Oskar Schindler who was involved with their business; ghettoization; deportations; forced labor outside the ghetto; transfer to Kraków concentration camp in June 1942; working in the infirmary; assistance from a doctor, his parents' friend; a mass killing; transfer in March 1943 to Płaszów; slave labor in a quarry, a carpentry workshop, and as a metal worker; brief hospitalization; visits with his father; his father and others continuing to pray despite harsh punishments of those who were discovered; his father's deportation to Auschwitz in May 1944 (he never saw him again); transfer to Schindler's factory in Brünnlitz in January 1945; improved conditions; and liberation by Soviet troops.

Author/Creator
B., Meir, 1912-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
March 5, 1991.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Meir B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3199). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.