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Berek O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2132) interviewed by Elliot Perry and Gillian Green Douek

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2132

Videotape testimony of Berek O., who was born in Ozorków, Poland in 1927, one of four children. He recalls his father's modern orthodoxy; wonderful holiday and family gatherings; attending public school and cheder; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; his older brother escaping east (he never saw him again); ghettoization; transfer to the Łódź ghetto; pervasive starvation and disease; slave labor disposing of human waste; his illness resulting in chronic health problems; deportation to Birkenau; separation from his family (he never saw them again); friends hiding his wounds during selections; transfer to Babice; a death march from Auschwitz to Buchenwald; transfer to Rehmsdorf; a prisoner saving his life by forcing him to work when he broke his foot (those not working were killed); clearing rubble from Allied bombing raids; a death march to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; being sent with the first group to Windermere; spending the happiest three months of his life there; living in a youth hostel in Gateshead; learning the upholstery trade in Newcastle; marriage to a survivor in London; and raising two children. Mr. O. discusses continuing friendships and reunions with fellow prisoners; memorial visits to Poland with friends and family; his ongoing grief; and pain caused by Holocaust deniers.

Author/Creator
O., Berek, 1927-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
April 29, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Berek O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2132). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.