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Jacob and Mira B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-93) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-93

Videotape testimony of Jacob B., who was born in Piotrków, Poland, in 1922 and his wife Mira B., who was born in Sosnowiec in 1925. Mrs. B. describes her happy childhood; her religious education and participation in Zionist organizations; the panic during the German occupation; and her deportation, with her sister, to a labor camp. Mr. B. recalls his childhood education; relations with non-Jews; being sent from Dąbrowa to Piotrków during the German invasion; widespread violence and looting; and his deportation and experiences in numerous labor camps including Anhalt, Markstädt, Ludwigsdorf, Gräditz, and Langenbielau; the growth of his spiritual resistance, most notably in the form of poetry which he wrote and which was widely distributed within the camp; and his present refusal to write about his experiences. Mrs. B. also tells of her sustaining relationship with her sister; her liberation from Langenbielau; and a disappointing postwar visit to Sosnowiec. Both Mr. and Mrs. B. speak of the circumstances under which they first met, in the camp in Markstadt; his courtship of her there; the permanent sense of loss resulting from their experiences; and their relationship with their children.

Author/Creator
B., Jacob, 1922-
Published
Boston, Mass. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
July 22, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacob and Mira B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-93). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.