Philip B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-198) interviewed by Dori Laub and Nancy Goodman
- Washington, D.C. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
- Interview Date
- April 11, 1983.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Philip B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-198). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Philip B., who was born in Izbica, near Lublin, Poland, in 1925. He describes his prewar family life; the wartime transfer of German and Czech Jews to Izbica, a railroad center; and a typhus epidemic there. He recounts the beginning of deportations to Bełżec, a nearby extermination camp, in 1941; his family's life in hiding; and the deportations of his father and other family members. Mr. B. relates his own capture by Polish police and his transfer to Gestapo headquarters; his feigned death in front of a firing squad; hiding with siblings and his mother; and his mother's capture and death. He tells of his transport to Sobibór in May 1943; witnessing the arrival of other transports; his participation in the inmate uprising in fall 1943; and his escape into the woods, where he hid until liberated by the Russians in 1944. Postwar topics include his treatment as a displaced person by Polish police; his participation in the 1983 trial of the former Kommandant of Sobibór and his concomitant visit to Sobibór and Izbica; and his postwar mental state.