Boris B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3442) interviewed by Henri Borlant and Rachel Wieviorka
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1996
- Interview Date
- January 30, 1996.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Boris B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3442). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Boris B., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1918, the youngest of ten children. He recalls his father's death; joining his brother in Saverne in 1928; attending rabbinical school in Paris; working in his family's business; military draft in 1939; German invasion; capture as a prisoner of war in Brest; incarceration in Coëtquidan, Loudéac, Compiègne, then Saint-Just-en-Chaussée; escape; returning to Paris; joining his mother in Caluire-et-Cuire via Lyon; employment as a glass-cutter; a year later, working for Father Alexandre Glasberg, OSE, and Sixièmè (Jewish scouts), hiding Jews and others; managing a refugee house in Chancey; living in Pau and Lyon; marriage to a non-Jew; his son's birth; arrest in January 1944 while delivering funds from the Union Générale des Israélites to the Jewish National Fund; incarceration in Montluc, then Drancy; deportation in February to Auschwitz/Birkenau; a privileged assignment to the Union Kommando; escaping a selection with a prisoner's help; beatings; sending a clandestine letter to his wife; a death march in January 1945; remaining with a friend and assisting each other; train transport to Mauthausen; transfer to Gusen; slave labor in underground factories; liberation; walking to Linz; repatriation to Hotel Lutetia in Paris; and reunion with his wife and son. Mr. B. discusses the importance to his survival of luck and staying inconspicuous; reluctance to share his experiences with his children; and their choosing to identify themselves as Jews.