Samuel B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-618) interviewed by Dana L. Kline
- Boston, Mass. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- October 28, 1985.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Samuel B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-618). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Samuel B., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1933. Mr. B. recounts his childhood perspective on the Russian occupation of Vilna; the arrival of the German army; and German anti-Jewish activities. He recalls arrival at Vilna's "old ghetto" with his parents; hiding outside of the ghetto in a monastery, through the arrangement of a baptized aunt; and being forced by circumstances to smuggle themselves back into the ghetto. He describes conditions within the ghetto; the ghetto's school; his own private education; his artistic activities within the ghetto; and his family's transfer to a nearby H.K.P. labor camp. He recounts his mother's escape to his aunt's home in Vilna; her successful arrangement to smuggle him out; and his later discovery of his father's wartime death. He relates life in Vilna under Russian occupation; their postwar escape to American-occupied Berlin via Łódź; their two-year stay in Palestine during the height of the war; hearing many survivor stories in Israel; his travels as an artist in Europe; and the influence of his wartime experiences on his painting. Mr. B. also discusses his relationship with his children and his thoughts about Christianity and Judaism.