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Maks B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1560) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1560

Videotape testimony of Maks B., who was born in Frankfurt, Germany in approximately 1920. He recalls the successful family store; attending a Jewish school; antisemitic harassment; his bar mitzvah; his father hiding when Nazis came for him; a family meeting at which many, at his father's urging, decided to leave for Palestine (most who remained were killed); traveling to Palestine via Italy; his mother's death five years later; his father's remarriage; intending to visit relatives in Europe in 1939; leaving the ship to return to Tel Aviv upon learning policies against Jews in Palestine; joining the Irgun; working in the diamond industry; starting his own business; traveling to the United States on behalf of Irgun in March 1948; speaking at a large meeting of the American League to Free Palestine; returning after Israeli statehood had been declared; emigration to the United States; marriage; and traveling with his wife and children to Frankfurt in 1958. Mr. B. discusses experiences with Menachem Begin, Ben Hecht, Leonard Bernstein, and Marc Chagall.

Author/Creator
B., Maks, 1920?-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990 and 1992
Interview Date
August 20, 1990 and March 12, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maks B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1560). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.