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Peter B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2371) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2371

Videotape testimony of Peter B., who was born in Bushtyna, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1929, the oldest of four children. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; his father's position as a deputy mayor; attending cheder and a Czech school; anti-Jewish restrictions after Carpatho-Ukrainian independence in 1938, quickly followed by Hungarian occupation; attending school in Oradea; his family's identification with Hungary; his mother hiding his baby sister with a Ukrainian neighbor, who brought her to the police; a policeman returning her to them; hiding in a nearby village for several weeks; Hungarians beating him to find hidden valuables (he revealed nothing); round-up to a synagogue; ghettoization in Mátészalka; deportation by train; the Jewish community of Satu Mare bringing them food when the train stopped there; transitioning to German guards in Košice; arrival at Birkenau; a prisoner telling him to say he was eighteen; and separation with his father from his mother, siblings, and grandparents. Mr. B. details Jewish religious and cultural life before the war.

Author/Creator
B., Peter, 1929-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
January 3, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Peter B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2371). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296740
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