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Avraham B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3335)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3335

Videotape testimony of Avraham B., who was born in Hrubieszów, Poland in 1923. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; attending an ORT school; German invasion; his brother fleeing to the Soviet Union; the Judenrat organizing forced labor and deportation lists; hiding during round-ups; discovery; having to bury those killed in mass shootings; clearing former Jewish homes and sorting the goods; deportation with his sister and her husband to Budzyń in 1942; working as a locksmith; assistance from German civilian workers; transfer to Mielec, then to Wieliczka in 1944; separation from his sister; transfer to Flossenbürg, then Leitmeritz; sharing extra food received from Czech workers with his brother-in-law; transfer to Augsbürg, Dachau, and Landau; a death march to Trostberg; his brother-in-law's death; abandonment by the guards; assistance from local Germans; liberation by United States troops; non-Jewish Russian and Polish prisoners killing a cruel German foreman; returning to Hrubieszów; learning his sister and brother had been killed; meeting his future wife; antisemitic violence; their return to Trostberg; marriage; moving to Ulm and Marseille in preparation for emigration to Palestine; assistance from the Jewish Agency and UNRRA; emigration to Israel in 1948; the births of three children; and fighting in the Sinai and 1967 wars. Mr. B. notes his difficulty sharing painful memories.

B., Avraham, 1923-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
March 5, 1992.
Hrubieszów (Poland)
Trostberg an der Alz (Germany)
Ulm (Germany)
Marseille (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Avraham B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3335). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.