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Stephen B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1587) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Lucia Rudenberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1587

Videotape testimony of Stephen B., who was born in Berettyóújfalu, Hungary in 1927. He recalls being raised with his sister in Debrecen; joyous family holiday celebrations; attending a Jewish school; German occupation in March 1944; anti-Jewish laws; ghettoization; forced labor cleaning bombing rubble; transfer to a brickyard a month later; deportation with his mother and sister to Strasshof (his father was in a slave labor battalion), then a labor camp in Vienna; contacts with Allied POWs; an Austrian foreman giving him extra food; observing Yom Kippur; disappearance of the guards; traveling to Budapest, then Debrecen; reunion with his father; leaving to illegally emigrate to Palestine (his parents and sister remained); learning they had left to join relatives in the United States; working for Beriḥah for three years in Italy; and emigrating to the United States due to his mother's illness in 1949 with assistance from HIAS. Mr. B. discusses his sense of abandonment resulting in his belief in self-reliance, and the loss of many relatives. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
B., Stephen, 1927-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
March 21, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stephen B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1587). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.