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Eldar B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3906)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3906

Videotape testimony of Eldar B., who was born in Humenné, Czechoslovakia in 1924, one of four children. He recounts a wonderful childhood; participating in Betar; expulsion from school in 1939 due to anti-Jewish restrictions; working at a lumber mill; round-up for forced labor in 1942; deportation to Auschwitz via Žilina; transfer to Birkenau; slave labor building roads; guards beating a prisoner to death; being beaten for helping a friend obtain extra soup; volunteering for the Sonderkommando; digging trenches for mass graves and collecting corpses; public hangings; transfer to construction, building crematoria; a Polish worker sharing food; spending ten nights in an underground bunker for hitting a non-Jewish prisoner; assignment to driving horse wagons; receiving food and trading goods with locals when outside the camp; a death march and transport in open box cars to Gross-Rosen; transfer to Dachau, then Schongau; abandonment by the guards; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Plzeň; marriage in 1948 (his wife converted to Judaism); and emigration to Israel in 1949. Mr. B. discusses learning no one from his family had survived; very few of his original transport surviving (Otto P., HVT-3998 is one); continuing fears resulting from his experiences; not sharing his story, even with his children; and not wanting to give the impression that it was heroic to survive.

B., Eldar, 1924-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1997 and 1998
Interview Date
December 18, 1997 and January 1, 1998.
Humenné (Slovakia)
Žilina (Slovakia)
Schongau (Germany)
Plzeň (Czech Republic)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eldar B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3906). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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