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Max B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-733) interviewed by Ann Gadol and Debbie Weinberg,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-733

Videotape testimony of Max B., who was born in Łuków, Poland in 1918, the fifth of seven children. He recounts his family's relative affluence; German invasion; hiding; capture with two brothers; transfer to Siedlce; one brother's escape; transfer to Węgrów; escaping with his other brother; returning home; deportation with one brother to Rogoznica; his parents bribing officials for their release; ghettoization; his sister's deportation; one brother's death while trying to escape; hiding with his family during round-ups; forced labor; escaping from a round-up; returning to the ghetto; deportation; jumping from the train en route to Treblinka; joining other escapees; returning to Łuków; searching for his family (they had been deported); fleeing from Polish police; hiding on several farms; being joined by a group of armed Jews; battles with the Armia Krajowa; building a bunker in the forest; taking revenge on Polish informers; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Brest; arrest as suspected spies; release; returning to Łuków; traveling to Katowice, then Munich; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. B. discusses testifying in Germany at the trial of a German he had seen kill someone, and recently visiting the Łuków area with his children.

B., Max, 1917-
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1985
Interview Date
November 10, 1985.
Łuków (Lublin, Poland)
Siedlce (Poland)
Węgrów (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Brest (Belarus)
Katowice (Poland)
Munich (Germany)
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Max B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-733). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.