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Boris B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3442) interviewed by Henri Borlant and Rachel Wieviorka,

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    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.
    B., Boris, 1918-
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1996
    Interview Date
    January 30, 1996.
    Częstochowa (Poland)
    Paris (France)
    Saverne (France)
    Loudéac (France)
    Brest (France)
    Saint-Just-en-Chaussée (France)
    Lyon (France)
    Caluire-et-Cuire (France)
    Chancey (France)
    Pau (France)
    Linz (Austria)
    Cite As
    Boris B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3442). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Borlant, Henri, interviewer.
    Wieviorka, Rachel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 59 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jews--Migrations. Jewish refugees. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, French. Prisoners of war--France. Escapes. World War, 1939-1945--Jewish resistance. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--France. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, French. Forced labor. Death marches. Friendship. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Interfaith marriage. Identification (Religion) Poland. Częstochowa (Poland) Paris (France) Saverne (France) Loudéac (France) Brest (France) Saint-Just-en-Chaussée (France) Lyon (France) Caluire-et-Cuire (France) Chancey (France) Pau (France) Linz (Austria) Oral histories (document genres) B., Boris,--1918- Glasberg, Alexandre,--1902-1981. Camp de Coëtquidan (France) Compiègne (Concentration camp) World Union OSE. Jewish National Fund. Union générale des israélites de France. Montluc (Prison : France) Drancy (Concentration camp) Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Mauthausen (Concentration camp) Gusen (Concentration camp) Hotel Lutetia (Paris, France)

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