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Moshe B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3880)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3880

Videotape testimony of Moshe B., who was born in Semeliškės, Lithuania in 1931, the only son of seven children. He recounts his family moving to Slobodka when he was two; visiting relatives in Merkinė; antisemitic harassment in the streets; Soviet occupation; German invasion; fleeing briefly; ghettoization; having a private tutor; his bar mitzvah; two sisters' marriages; deportation of his mother and one sister (they did not survive); hiding in bunkers during round-ups; another sister being killed while hiding in a bunker; deportation to Stutthof; transfer with his father to Landsberg; separation when he was sent to Dachau in a children's group; transfer a week later to Auschwitz/Birkenau; Ze'ev G. leading the children; slave labor; frequent selections; a death march and train transfer to Buchenwald; clearing rubble from Allied bombings; visiting a local medical clinic; receiving Red Cross packages; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Dresden, Łódź, Warsaw, and Białystok seeking family; returning to Łódź; joining a Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz in Kraków; being smuggled to Prague, Karlovy Vary, and Munich; reunion with his father in Feldafing displaced persons camp; attending technical school there; his father joining two daughters in Kovno; living with another sister and her husband in Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; living on a Betar kibbutz; collecting weapons for the Irgun to smuggle to Israel; emigration to Israel via Marseille on the Altalena; clashes with the Israeli military; serving in the Arab-Israel war; marriage; and the births of two children. Mr. B. notes his father emigrated to Israel in 1956 and his sister and her two sons in 1972.

B., Moshe, 1931-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
December 26, 1996.
Semeliškė̇s (Lithuania)
Slobidka (Kodymsʹkyĭ raĭon, Ukraine)
Merkinė (Lithuania)
Łódź (Poland)
Dresden (Germany)
Białystok (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic)
Munich (Germany)
Marseille (France)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moshe B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3880). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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