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Mitchell B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-274) interviewed by Frances Ganz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-274

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.

Author/Creator
B., Mitchell, 1924-
Published
Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
Interview Date
October 27, 1982.
Language
English
Copies
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.