Beatrice B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-508) interviewed by Sidney Elsner
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- July 30, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Beatrice B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-508). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Beatrice B., who was born in 1923 in Czechoslovakia, one of seven children. She recounts her parents' emigration to the United States in 1900; her mother's return with three children in 1911; her father's return after World War I; their affluence; living in Solotvyno; siblings emigrating to the United States; her father's death in 1939; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; her brother's conscription into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz in April 1944; remaining with one sister (she never saw her mother or younger siblings again); slave labor; her sister treating her for an infection; transfer to Frankfurt in August; slave labor constructing airfields; a German civilian worker providing encouragement and extra food; a death march to Zillerthal-Erdmannsdorf, Ravensbrück, then a camp in Czechoslovakia; slave labor in a factory; her sister "stealing" bread for her; another march; abandonment by German guards; assistance from Czech villagers; returning home with her sister; reunion with a brother-in-law; neighbors refusing to return her family's possessions; traveling to Budapest and Prague; emigration to the United States in 1948; marriage to a survivor; and her son's birth. Ms. B. attributes her survival to her father inspiring her "strong mind".