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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.

B., Paul, 1931-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
July 20, 1995 and August 24, 1995.
Tótkomlós (Hungary)
Vienna (Austria)
Budapest (Hungary)
Szeged (Hungary)
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.