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Fred B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4363) interviewed by Laurel Vlock,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4363

Videotape testimony of Fred B., who was born in Krumbach, Germany. He recalls his family's roots there since the sixteenth century; attending high school in Ulm, then ORT training in Munich; rising antisemitism beginning in 1933; obtaining a visa to emigrate to Cuba; sailing on the St. Louis in May 1939 (his parents and sisters were to join him); socializing en route with Fred H. and others; all the passengers being prevented from disembarking in Cuba; sailing around the Caribbean and southern Florida; returning to Europe; passenger watches to prevent others from committing suicide; disembarking in Belgium; and emigration to join his family in the United States seven months later (they had emigrated in the interim). Mr. B. notes preparing to revolt with others if the ship had been returned to Germany despite his uncertainty about beginning life again as a poor immigrant in the United States.

B., Fred.
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
October 8, 1980.
Krumbach (Günzburg, Germany)
Ulm (Germany)
Munich (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fred B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4363). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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