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Rudy B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1613) interviewed by Murray Berger and Kay Cawthorn

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1613

Videotape testimony of Rudy B., who was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1915. Mr. B. recounts attending a Jewish school; working in a shoe factory; increasing antisemitism; studying English; his older sister's emigration to Palestine in 1933; emigration to the United States in 1936 (he never saw his parents again); military draft in 1941; officer training school; assignment to military intelligence in 1943; deployment to London in May 1944; German rocket attacks; landing in Normandy; participating in the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge; entering Frankfurt; searching for friends and relatives; visiting his former home; entering Buchenwald after liberation; complete shock observing piles of corpses and emaciated prisoners; George Patton's visit; marching local Germans through the camp (they claimed no knowledge of it, which he found impossible to believe); attending Rosh ha-Shanah services in a partially reconstructed synagogue in Frankfurt; assignment as a military occupation official in Marburg; and learning his mother had died in Łódź ghetto. Mr. B. discusses the deaths of many relatives in the Holocaust and visiting his sister in Palestine in 1945. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
B., Rudy, 1915-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1991
Interview Date
March 12, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rudy B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1613). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.