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Avraham B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3781)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3781

Videotape testimony of Avraham B., who was born in a small town in Czechoslovakia, one of seven children. He recounts his family's farm; attending public school and cheder, locally, then in Irshava; bar mitzvah; attending yeshiva in Uz︠h︡horod; learning tailoring in Bergovo (Berehove); Hungarian occupation; moving to Budapest in 1938; joining the Communist Party; arrest; being sent home; returning to Budapest; his sister joining him; anti-Jewish restrictions; a non-Jew helping him escape from a labor detail; returning home, then back to Budapest three weeks later; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in October 1942; forced labor near Komárom, then Transylvania; digging an underground fuel dump; visiting his parents in December 1943; transfer to German custody in Bucsu; digging bunkers; assignment to the detail obtaining food for the camp in Szombathely; a death march to Mauthausen, then Gunskirchen; abandonment by German guards; liberation by United States troops; traveling in a group to Wels displaced persons camp; hospitalization for typhus; traveling to Prague; locating relatives with assistance from UNRRA; reunion with a sister in Budapest; traveling to Berehove; reunion with another sister and a brother; traveling to Budapest; his sister and brother returning to Czechoslovakia (they were trapped there when the border closed); and preparing for emigration to Palestine. Mr. B. notes learning his parents were deported to Auschwitz, and that his father had been in Dachau as well (they did not survive).

B., Avraham.
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
June 1, 1995 and July 13, 1995.
Irshava (Ukraine)
Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
Berehove (Ukraine)
Budapest (Hungary)
Komárom (Hungary)
Transylvania (Romania)
Bucsu (Hungary)
Szombathely (Hungary)
Prague (Czech Republic)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3781). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.