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Frank B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2111) interviewed by Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2111

Videotape testimony of Frank B., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1928. He recalls his family's affluence; pervasive antisemitism; his family's strong German identity; not feeling Jewish or observing any holidays; anti-Jewish restrictions changing that feeling; attending a Jewish school; emigration to Prague in 1938 (his father was a Czech citizen); attending Jewish school; German occupation in March 1939; his father's position in the Judenrat which protected them from deportation; participating in a Zionist youth group and Maccabi; working as a gardener in the Jewish cemetery; his bar mitzvah; a former German colleague sending funds to his father; deportation to Theresienstadt in July 1943; visiting his parents daily; a variety of jobs; sharing extra food with his mother; learning advanced mathematics and music from barrack mates; lectures, concerts, and discussions groups; pervasive disease and starvation; his father's deportation to Auschwitz; his and his mother's ten days later in October 1944; separation from his mother (neither parent survived); transfer to Friedland two days later; slave labor in factories and digging anti-tank ditches; disappearance of the guards in April; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Prague; staying with an aunt; working in Teplice; hearing from relatives in England through the Red Cross; joining them in May 1946; becoming an engineer; marriage; briefly living in Canada; and raising two daughters.

Author/Creator
B., Frank, 1928-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
June 24, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frank B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2111). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.