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Roman B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2145) interviewed by Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2145

Videotape testimony of Roman B., who was born in Lʹviv, Poland in 1929. He recalls living in Katowice; his father's successful practice as an eye surgeon; attending Polish public school; his family's strong Polish identity; visiting his wealthy grandparents in Pidhaĭt︠s︡i; assisting German Jewish refugees in 1938; visiting his grandparents in summer 1939 with his mother; his father's recall into the Polish military (he ended up in England); Soviet occupation; his grandparents' and relatives' deportation east as capitalists (it saved their lives); attending Soviet schools; moving to Lʹviv in 1940; German invasion; returning to Pidhaĭt︠s︡i; his aunt obtaining false papers; Ukrainians hiding them in the hospital during round-ups; assistance from the Polish underground; moving to Warsaw with his mother using false papers; surgeries to conceal his circumcision (it failed) and shorten his nose; living with a Polish family, then in a home for children of Polish officers; observing the Warsaw ghetto uprising; moving to orphanages in Józefów, then Miedzezyn; occasional visits from his mother; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with his mother; moving to Katowice; joining his father in England in 1946; living in Scotland; his mother's arrival a year later; becoming an economist; marriage in 1958; and his daughter's birth. Mr. B. notes that the Holocaust is a vast area of incomprehension to him, in terms of a philosophy which condoned mass murder.

Author/Creator
B., Roman, 1929-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
June 17, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Roman B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2145). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.