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Marcel B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3995)

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3995

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    Videotape testimony of Marcel B., who was born in Iași, Romania in 1924, the younger of two children. He recounts his family's poverty; attending Hebrew school for four years, then public school until 1930; antisemitic harassment; working while attending high school; expulsion of Jewish students in 1940; attending a Jewish high school; observing mass killings of Jews, including his uncles; hiding with his family; Romanian soldiers finding them; deportation with his father to Stamora Română; many deaths en route; train transfer to another village; slave labor on the railroad; release in September 1941; returning to Iași; reunion with his mother and sister; attending high school; his father's deportation to Bessarabia; deportation to a camp near Kishniev; losing a finger during slave labor; escaping; arrest for desertion in August 1944; liberation by Soviet troops; his father's return; attending medical school; marriage; his daughter's birth; his wife's death in 1963; remarriage; and emigration to join his daughter in Israel. Mr. B. discusses his father preventing him from committing suicide in the deportation train; suppression of atrocities against Jews during the communist period; and pervasive painful memories. He shows documents.
    B., Marcel, 1924-
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
    Interview Date
    March 4, 1998.
    Iași (Romania)
    Stamora Română (Romania)
    Cite As
    Marcel B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3995). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 53 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mass killings.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

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