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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.

B., Abraham, 1906-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1992
Interview Date
April 15, 1992.
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.