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

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    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.
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Vel̕ké Raškovce (Slovakia)
    Brno (Czech Republic)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Munich (Germany)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Cite As
    Sam B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1580). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Blinderman, Joni-Sue, interviewer.
    Blum-Dobkin, Toby, interviewer.
    Related publication: Die unvergesslichen sechseinhalb Jahre meines Lebens, 1939-1945 / Sam Berger. -- Frankfurt (Main) : R.G. Fischer, c1985.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (2 hr., 49 min. and 2 hr., 6 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Zionist organizations.

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