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Moses B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1706) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Toby Blum-Dobkin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1706

Videotape testimony of Moses B., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1909. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; antisemitic harassment; having to work after his bar mitzvah to help support his family; studying before and after work; German invasion; being rounded-up with other men and tortured for three days; his release when his family paid a ransom; his father visiting another town (he never saw him again); ghettoization; his mother's death from starvation; assignment of Mordecai Rumkowski's and David Gertler's adopted children to his work detail; deportation to Auschwitz in August 1944; transfer with his brother to Friedland a week later; slave labor in an airplane factory; praying with others on Yom Kippur; liberation in May 1945; traveling to Prague then Budapest; assistance from the Red Cross and Joint; planning his emigration to Palestine with Beriḥah; living in Bari and Rome, Italy; deciding to join his cousins in the United States; and sharing his experiences with his daughter. Mr. B. discusses nightmares; hostility toward Germans; difficulty believing what he lived through; and the impossibility of really conveying his experiences.

B., Moses, 1909-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 6, 1990.
Łódź (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Budapest (Hungary)
Bari (Italy)
Rome (Italy)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moses B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1706). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.