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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.
Dessau (Dessau, Germany)
Leipzig (Germany)
Berlin (Germany)
Potsdam (Germany)
Havelberg (Germany)
Wannsee (Berlin, Germany)
Freisen (Germany)
Fulda (Germany)
Antwerp (Belgium)
ʻAtlit (Israel)
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.
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