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Abraham B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2277) interviewed by Steven Paul Cohen and Natalie Lederman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2277

Videotape testimony of Abraham B., who was born in Moscow, Russia in 1906. He recalls arrest in 1925 due to his leadership of Hashomer Hatzair; being condemned to death; transport to Odesa; exile to Palestine with his mother and sister (his mother had arranged it); working in Haifa, ʻAfulah, and Zikhron Yaʻaḳov for two years; admission to engineering school in Paris; arriving in Marseille in 1928; studying in Toulouse; graduation; working in a coal mine, a hotel, and for a Swiss company in Paris; dismissal due to the depression; working as a salesman; establishing a lucrative textile company; marriage; his son's birth; German invasion; escaping to Lyon; living in Arpajon; working in Bordeaux; moving to Toulouse; unsuccessfully trying to enter Spain; escaping execution with help from locals; traveling to Paris, then Marseille; leaving on a ship for Martinique with his wife and son; interdiction by Germans; embarkation in Casablanca; contacting friends in Paris and the Jewish Agency; release; and traveling to the United States on a boat purchased by a friend. Mr. B. notes his belief that God saved him and his family, thus becoming a more observant Jew.

Author/Creator
B., Abraham, 1906-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1992
Interview Date
April 15, 1992.
Locale
Moscow (Russia)
Russia
Odesa (Ukraine)
Palestine
Haifa (Israel)
ʻAfulah (Israel)
Zikhron Yaʻaḳov (Israel)
Marseille (France)
Toulouse (France)
Paris (France)
Lyon (France)
Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France)
Arpajon (France)
Casablanca (Morocco)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abraham B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2277). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.