Jacques B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3440) interviewed by Henri Borlant and Berthe Burko
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1996
- Interview Date
- January 24, 1996.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacques B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3440). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jacques B., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1923. He recounts his family's emigration to Paris in 1924; their poverty; membership in sports clubs; leaving school for an apprenticeship at age twelve; German invasion; antisemitic measures; arrest with his brother in 1942; Gestapo interrogation; incarceration in Romainville; their transfer to Compiégne and Drancy; deportation in February 1943 to Birkenau; transfer to Auschwitz; return to Birkenau; separation from his brother; learning his brother was in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); assignment as a chimneysweep, which provided access to many areas; arranging extra food for his brother; disappearance of the Romanies (he never saw his brother again); learning his father had been selected for death; encouraging a woman friend who later died; prisoners being burned alive in pits; contracting typhus; escaping selection in the infirmary; working in the Canada Kommando; transfer to Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg, and Ohrdruf; installing gallows; undressing corpses of the executed; a death march to Buchenwald; liberation by United States troops; and return to Paris. Mr. B. discusses his anguish over the cruelty of some prisoners; the contradiction between German culture and barbarism; difficulty believing what he saw in camp; and his belief that he would not survive.