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Morris B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1227) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Freda Rommers

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1227

Videotape testimony of Morris B., who was born in Tarnów, Poland in 1918. He recalls his family's poverty; primitive living conditions; pervasive antisemitism; a tailor's apprenticeship; German invasion; fleeing briefly to Przemyśl; returning home; forced labor; ghettoization; transfer to Pustków; return to the ghetto; transfer with a cousin to Płaszów; working as a tailor; public shootings of escapees; transfer to Zakopane, then Mauthausen; slave labor in the quarry; transfer to Melk, then Ebensee; observing cannibalism; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Salzburg, then Rome and Bari, intending to emigrate to Palestine; reunion with his brother; black market dealings; marriage to a Catholic; and emigration to the United States. Mr. B. discusses details of camp life; assuming he would die in camp, but living due to his curiosity; nightmares; his wife leaving him; suicide attempts; and shielding his children from his story.

Author/Creator
B., Morris, 1918-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
February 3, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Morris B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1227). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.