Paula B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3209) interviewed by Berthe Burko and Michele Ganem
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- January 23, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Paula B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3209). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Paula B., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1925. She recalls her much older brother and sister; a pleasant childhood; Soviet occupation; learning Russian folksongs; German invasion; ghettoization; food shortages; forced labor; participating in a chorus which gave her strength; her brother not returning from work (they never saw him again); her brother-in-law being taken in a round-up; her sister leaving with her child; public hanging of a friend; separation from her parents in a selection; deportation to Kaiserwald; slave labor with a friend (they remain in touch to the present) and her friend's sister; transfer to a subcamp; boat transport to Stutthof (her friend was no longer with her); transfer to Magdeburg; slave labor in a munitions factory; receiving food from French prisoners; brief abandonment by the Germans; their return; a death march; escaping; assistance from a Soviet POW; liberation by French troops; traveling to France; and working for the Joint for forty years. Ms. B. discusses her difficulty making peace with humanity after her experiences.