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Mila B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1056) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1056

Videotape testimony of Mila B., who was born in 1927 in Chrzanów, Poland, one of six children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; her grandfather's death in 1936 resulting from antisemitic violence by Poles; German invasion; deportations of two brothers; forced factory labor; her mother's deportation, then one sister's, then her own in 1942; arrival at Sosnowiec; transfer to Neusalz; slave labor in a textile factory; singing songs with other prisoners; fasting on Yom Kippur; learning from a newly-arrived prisoner from Chrzanów that her father, brother, and youngest sister had been deported; a death march in January 1945; Hitler Youth beating them en route through Potsdam; escaping for a day and a half with another girl; arrival in Flossenbürg; public hangings; train transport to Bergen-Belsen; corpses scattered everywhere; liberation by British troops; living in Lingen with a German family, then in Bergen; reunion with her brother; emigration to the United States in 1947; marriage to a survivor from Chrzanów; and the births of three children. Ms. B. notes her brother was her only immediate family member to survive; her continuing belief in God; and sharing her experiences with her children. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Mila, 1927-
Published
Union, N. J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
July 9, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mila B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1056). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.