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Sam B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1580) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman and Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1580

Videotape testimony of Sam B., who was born in Vel̕ké Raškovce, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1917, one of eight children. He recalls attending the Jewish gymnasium in Brno; training for illegal emigration to Palestine; a local official who offered to hide his sisters when deportation orders arrived; their refusal, wanting to stay with the family; his deportation to Theresienstadt in spring 1942; sharing food with his sister; transfer to Auschwitz in fall 1944; receiving extra food from his sister; transfer to Kaufering; slave labor; escaping from an evacuation train with others; receiving food and assistance from local Germans; liberation by United States troops; interpreting for the Americans; leaving for home two months later; traveling to Bratislava; learning a brother had survived; traveling to Prague, then Budapest; reunion with his brother and two sisters (seven of the eight siblings survived); traveling illegally with survivor groups to Munich; briefly staying in Landsberg displaced persons camp; traveling to Frankfurt; reunion with his girlfriend; marriage in 1947; and emigration to the United States in 1955. Mr. B. discusses his book and shows photographs, documents, and memorabilia.

B., Sam, 1917-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
May 15 and May 22, 1990.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Sam B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1580). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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