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Bronia B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2143) interviewed by David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2143

Videotape testimony of Bronia B., who was born in Oświęcim, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Poland) in 1914, the second of five children. She recounts her family moving to the Netherlands, then Berlin due to World War I; moving to Katowice in 1928; participating in Zionist organizations; vacations in Zakopane; returning to Oświęcim; her older brother's emigration to France; German invasion; fleeing with her mother to Lʹviv; Soviet occupation; one brother joining them; returning to Oświęcim to rejoin her father, sister, and one brother; forced relocation to the Sosnowiec ghetto; her father briefly serving on the Judenrat; her position as a translator and secretary to a SS; learning her brother and mother had been deported to Siberia (she never saw them again); transfer with her father and sister to a transit camp (she never saw her remaining brother again); her sister's return to the ghetto (she never saw her again); transfer with her father to Annaberg; a SS allowing her father to visit; working in the office; transfer with her father and friends about two years later to Birkenau; separation from her father (she never saw him again); hospitalization; assistance from a kapo; transfer to a camp in Ober Hohenelbe (presently Hořejší Vrchlabí, Czech Republic); liberation by Soviet troops; traveling with friends to Prague; living in several displaced persons camps, including Salzburg and Vöcklabruck; moving to Linz; working for HIAS; learning her older brother had survived in England; emigrating to join him; marriage; and the birth of a son. Ms. B. discusses her loss of faith in the camps and sharing her experiences with her son at his request.

B., Bronia, 1914-
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
June 11, 1992.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bronia B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2143). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.