Peter B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2371) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- January 3, 1991.
- 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.
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.