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Manny B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1592) interviewed by Michael Alpert

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1592

Videotape testimony of Manny B., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1926, the youngest of four sons. He recalls a wonderful childhood until German invasion; anti-Jewish regulations; forced labor; ghettoization; deportations and killings; a resistance member's futile attempt to shoot an SS; the execution of every tenth man who was there; transition of the ghetto into a concentration camp; volunteering as a carpenter; slave labor for HASAG; reunion with one brother (the rest of his family were killed); assistance from a German who admired his carpentry; liberation by Soviet troops; learning his three-year-old niece had survived hidden with a non-Jewish family and in a convent; retrieving her; being smuggled to Austria, with assistance from Beriḥah, after hearing of the Kielce pogrom; living in Linz and Badgastein displaced persons camps; and joining relatives in the United States. Mr. B. discusses the importance of not judging survivors since what they experienced is so incomprehensible; a recent trip to Poland with his family; and a continuing relationship with his niece's rescuers. He shows photographs, artifacts, and documents.

Author/Creator
B., Manny, 1926-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
September 5, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Manny B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1592). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.