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Shlomo B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1226) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1226

Videotape testimony of Shlomo B., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1926, the youngest of three children. He recalls his father's pharmacy; attending a private Jewish school; German invasion; having to billet a German officer; his father's arrest and execution; transporting his body to the cemetery on a sled; ghettoization; forced labor; Rumkowski scolding his work group for supporting a strike; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from his mother and sister (he never saw them again); transfer to a coal mine after two weeks; slave labor in an I.G. Farben facility; receiving extra food from a Polish civilian worker; public hanging of prisoners who built an escape tunnel; a death march to Gliwice in January 1945; train transport in open cars; Czechs throwing them food and water; slave labor in Nordhausen; marching to Halberstadt; transfer to a small town; forced labor for local farmers; his employer feeding him well; a Red Cross visit; transfer to Neustadt; placement on a ship; being bombed by British planes; escaping (most were killed); living in Neustadt displaced persons camp; emigration to Israel; and fighting in three wars (1948, 1956, 1967). Mr. B. discusses not sharing his story with his children, not wanting to "poison" their lives, and testifying on behalf of an SS man who never killed anyone.

Author/Creator
B., Shlomo, 1926-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
May 12, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shlomo B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1226). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.