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Paul B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3791)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3791

Videotape testimony of Paul B., who was born in Tótkomlós, Hungary in 1931. He recounts his brother's birth in 1937; attending public school; his father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; visiting him; German invasion in 1944; ghettoization with his family; his father's election as head of the Judenrat; their transfer to the Debrecen ghetto; deportation to Vienna, then Strasshof; forced agricultural labor with his mother in another camp; stealing food for his brother; transfer back to Strasshof, then to Bergen-Belsen, via Luxembourg; his father's arrival; his grandmother's death; a group bar mitzvah with others his age; train transport to Theresienstadt during which his father was injured by Allied bombings; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Budapest, then Tótkomlós; attending high school in Szeged; antisemitic remarks by a schoolmate; changing their last name to a “less Jewish” one due to pervasive antisemitism; participating in Zionist groups; completing university in 1953; working as a radio journalist in Budapest; marriage in 1956; emigration to Israel during the 1956 uprising; his son's birth; divorce; and remarriage to an Auschwitz survivor. Mr. B. discusses the impact of the Holocaust on familial relationships; recently discussing his experiences with his son; and a “pecking order” imposed by some survivors who view his experience as less authentic than those who were in Auschwitz.

Author/Creator
B., Paul, 1931-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
July 20, 1995 and August 24, 1995.
Locale
Hungary
Tótkomlós
Debrecen
Tótkomlós (Hungary)
Vienna (Austria)
Luxembourg
Budapest (Hungary)
Szeged (Hungary)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paul B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3791). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.