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Henry B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1942) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1942

Videotape testimony of Henry B., who was born in Simmern, Germany in 1922. He recalls antisemitic harassment; expulsion from school; his bar mitzvah; attending school in Frankfurt in 1937; returning home during Kristallnacht; their house being vandalized; a Protestant minister helping them; joining an aunt in Mainz; attending school in Cologne; his parents joining him in spring 1940; his parents receiving a deportation notice; arranging to be deported with them; deportation to the Rīga ghetto in December 1941; transfer to the ghetto, then to Salaspils (he never saw his parents again); a severe beating; transfer back to the ghetto; contact with a girl from home (his future wife); her mother caring for him when he was ill; working as an auto mechanic; transfer to Kaiserwald in 1943; arranging a job for his future wife; ship transfer to Stutthof in September 1944; prisoners praying on Yom Kippur; transfer to Magdeburg; escaping with friends in January 1945; capture; a death march; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Simmern; locals returning his home and furniture; reunion with his future wife; marriage in 1945; his daughter's birth; emigration to the United States in 1951; and his son's birth. Mr. B. notes continuing genocidal killings demonstrate the world has not learned from the Holocaust. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Henry, 1922-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
April 9, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1942). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.