Mitchell B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-274) interviewed by Frances Ganz
- Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
- Interview Date
- October 27, 1982.
- 4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mitchell B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-274). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mitchell B., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924, the youngest of eight children. He recounts antisemitic harassment; German invasion; ghettoization; deportation to Poznań in May 1941; slave labor building the autobahn; public hangings; transfer to Auschwitz in August 1943; prisoners from Łódź advising him to try to leave; transfer to Jawischowitz; slave labor building barracks; hospitalization in January 1945; surgery without anesthesia; friends saving him from a selection; a death march to Blechhammer, then train transport in open cars to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; hospitalization for tuberculosis in Gauting from August 1945 to January 1947; learning one sister had survived; surgery in Heidelberg; arrest for illegally entering Austria; imprisonment in Salzburg; reunion with his sister in Linz; release through a Jewish committee; returning to Gauting; studying engineering in Munich; marriage in 1950; emigration to the United States in April 1951; assistance from HIAS; and encountering antisemitism. Mr. B. discusses pervasive painful memories; losing his religious beliefs; being one of three survivors from his family of over 300; sharing his story with his daughter; and his frustration over an interview as a potential witness at a German war crime trial. He shows his Auschwitz tattoo.