Mila B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1056) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin
- Union, N. J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
- Interview Date
- July 9, 1987.
- 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.
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.