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B. family Holocaust testimony (HVT-94) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-94

Videotape testimony of the B. family: Lorna B., who was born in Łódź, Poland; her husband Max, who was born in Łódź in 1914; and their daughter Ruth and son Teddy, who were born after the war and speak only occasionally. Mr. B. remembers eluding the Russians after the outbreak of the war; living in the Łódź ghetto until 1940, when he was taken with the first labor transport to build roads; the liquidation of his labor camp and his two years of work in an I. G. Farben synthetic rubber factory under the jurisdiction of Auschwitz; and the death march from there to Gleiwitz, from where he was taken to Nordhausen/Dora. He tells of sabotaging missiles in the installation where he worked as a telephone repairman and encouraging others to do the same; his evacuation after three months; and the extreme dehumanization, including cannibalism, within the boxcar where he was confined for twelve days until his arrival at Bergen-Belsen. Mrs. B., who lived in the Łódź ghetto from 1940 until 1944, tells of the mistreatment of members of her family; passive resistance, including underground religious observance; her slave labor making German army uniforms; the routine selections; the liquidation of the ghetto; her arrival at Auschwitz; and the mistreatment to which she was subjected there. Both speak of their immediate postwar experiences and feelings.

Author/Creator
B., Max, 1914-
Published
Boston, Mass. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
July 23, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
B. Family Holocaust Testimony (HVT-94). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimony, Yale University Library.