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Jack B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-494) interviewed by Denise Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-494

Videotape testimony of Jack B., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1930. He recounts his father's career as a concert violinist; attending public school; piano lessons; German invasion; ghettoization; forced labor in factories; relatives dying of starvation and disease; deportation with his parents and younger brother to Auschwitz/Birkenau in summer 1944; separation from his mother and younger brother (he never saw them again); remaining with his father; their transfer to Gleiwitz; slave labor digging ditches; his father's death in November; a death march to Blechhammer; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Poland seeking relatives; staying in Częstochowa, then Łódź; reunion with an uncle; illegally returning to Germany; reunion with an uncle in Cham (he was in a jazz band which played for United States troops); emigrating to the United States with an UNRRA orphans' group; studying music at Oberlin; military draft; playing in an Air Force band; and marriage. Mr. B. discusses the pain and overwhelming sensation of starvation; sharing his experience with his children; and his bar mitzvah during the survivor gathering in Israel in 1981.

Author/Creator
B., Jack, 1930-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
November 11, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-494). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.