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Pierre B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-951) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Anna Rosen,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-951

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    Videotape testimony of Pierre B., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1935 to a Jewish father and Christian mother. He recalls that his parents did not marry because of the political situation; his father's forced emigration, inability to adjust to life in Brazil, and return to Europe; and traveling with his mother to rejoin his father in Paris. He describes school; roaming the streets of Paris with his best friend Lucien, who died in Auschwitz and about whom he has written poetry; difficulties with other children who considered him German; his independence as a young child; his father's hospitalization, marking the last time Mr. B. cried until long after the war; and his father's arrest and deportation to Drancy. He relates a last visit with his father in Drancy before deportation to Auschwitz in July 1942; having to live with a family in St. Laurent-des-Eaux; staying alone with their two-year-old child; constant fear; one or two visits to his mother in Paris; liberation by the French underground; and reunion with his mother. He recounts his fierce desire to be French resulting in hatred of his mother because she was German; spending the next five years in a children's home run by Maurice de Rothschild; the trauma of attending summer camps in Germany; converting to Judaism at thirteen in order to have a Bar Mitzvah; and his education, career, and family. He ponders his ambivalent feelings toward his mother.
    B., Pierre, 1935-
    New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1987
    Interview Date
    November 8, 1987.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Paris (France)
    Saint-Laurent-des-Eaux (France)
    Cite As
    Pierre B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-951). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tobin, Phyllis O. Ziman, interviewer.
    Rosen, Anna, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 41 min) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Child survivors.

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