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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.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Oświęcim (Poland)
Berlin (Germany)
Katowice (Poland)
Zakopane (Poland)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Hořejší Vrchlabí (Vrchlabí, Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Linz (Austria)
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.