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Tamar B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3492) interviewed by Levana Frank

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3492

Videotape testimony of Tamar B., who was born in Dessau, Germany in 1923. She recounts attending school in Leipzig; her parents' divorce; her father's compulsory move to Vienna in 1936 because he was an Austrian citizen; moving to Berlin; attending a Jewish boarding school in Potsdam; Kristallnacht; her mother's arrest; living with a guardian; attending a Jewish school, then a Zionist camp in Havelberg; learning her father had arrived in Palestine; forced factory labor in Freisen; visiting an uncle in Wannsee (he gave her valuables); her younger sister joining her; their deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in April 1943; beating her sister when she would not follow orders (this saved her); a Slovak woman befriending her; volunteering for the orchestra, a privileged position; arranging for her sister and friend to be in the orchestra; a German guard sending a letter to her non-Jewish aunt for her; hospitalization; avoiding selection with assistance from friends; train transfer to Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; traveling with the Jewish Brigade to Fulda; contact with her father; traveling illegally with her sister to Antwerp; working for the Brigade; moving to the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp when they could not leave for Palestine; illegal emigration by ship to Palestine in 1946; capture by the British; incarceration in ʻAtlit; release; reunion with her father; her sister's arrival; joining the Haganah; serving in the 1948 war; and her father's death in 1949. Ms. B. notes seldom discussing the Holocaust due to painful memories.

B., Tamar, 1923-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
November 9, 1992.
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Tamar B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3492). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.