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Harry B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2360) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry,

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    Videotape testimony of Harry B., who was born in Gorlice, Poland in 1929, one of five children. He recalls his family's affluence; German bombardment; escaping to Jasło; his father and oldest brother boarding a train which left before the rest had boarded; returning home; ghettoziation; a Gestapo shooting his brother; a friend on the Judenrat convincing the Gestapo not to touch the rest of the family; deportation of all Jews in 1941; remaining behind to clear bodies (he never saw his mother or siblings again); transfer to Płaszów; a privileged position caring for the Kommandant and his family; sharing extra food; his bar mitzvah; a Ukrainian guard saving him from execution when Amon Goeth became Kommandant; public hangings and mass shootings; transfer to Skarżysko; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to Sulejow, then Częstochowa; slave labor in HASAG/Pelzery; transfer to Buchenwald, then Rehmsdorf in winter 1945; a death march to Theresienstadt; friends assisting when he was sick; liberation by Soviet troops; visiting Prague; registering to go to England; living in a group home in Windermere; close bonds with the other youths; learning his father and brother had survived in the Soviet Union; visiting relatives in London, then his father and brother in Germany; remaining in England (his father and brother emigrated to Israel); marriage, and raising a family. Mr. B. discusses his luck in surviving; sharing his story with his children; pervasive painful memories; and his sense that five year's experience was fifty.
    B., Harry, 1929-
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
    Interview Date
    November 30, 1990.
    Windermere (England)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Gorlice (Poland)
    Jasło (Poland)
    Cite As
    Harry B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2360). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Perry, Elliot, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 35 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Bar mitzvah.
    Child survivors.
    Mutual aid.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Gorlice. Concentration camp commandants. Jewish councils. Forced labor. Death marches. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Oral histories (document genres) Windermere (England) Prague (Czech Republic) Gorlice (Poland) Poland. Jasło (Poland) B., Harry,--1920- Göth, Amon,--1908-1946. Częstochowa (Concentration camp) Hugo Schneider Aktiengesellschaft. Skarżysko-Kamienna (Concentration camp) Buchenwald (Concentration camp) Płaszów (Concentration camp) Theresienstadt (Concentration camp)

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