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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2360

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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    B., Harry, 1929-
    Published
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
    Interview Date
    November 30, 1990.
    Locale
    Poland
    Gorlice
    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

    Language
    English
    Copies
    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.
    Subjects
    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)

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296719
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:47:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4296719

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