Eldar B. Holocaust testimony

HVT 3906
Language of Description
Level of Description
EHRI Partner


Videotape testimony of Eldar B., who was born in Humenné, Czechoslovakia in 1924, one of four children. He recounts a wonderful childhood; participating in Betar; expulsion from school in 1939 due to anti-Jewish restrictions; working at a lumber mill; round-up for forced labor in 1942; deportation to Auschwitz via Žilina; transfer to Birkenau; slave labor building roads; guards beating a prisoner to death; being beaten for helping a friend obtain extra soup; volunteering for the Sonderkommando; digging trenches for mass graves and collecting corpses; public hangings; transfer to construction, building crematoria; a Polish worker sharing food; spending ten nights in an underground bunker for hitting a non-Jewish prisoner; assignment to driving horse wagons; receiving food and trading goods with locals when outside the camp; a death march and transport in open box cars to Gross-Rosen; transfer to Dachau, then Schongau; abandonment by the guards; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Plzeň; marriage in 1948 (his wife converted to Judaism); and emigration to Israel in 1949. Mr. B. discusses learning no one from his family had survived; very few of his original transport surviving (Otto P., HVT-3998 is one); continuing fears resulting from his experiences; not sharing his story, even with his children; and not wanting to give the impression that it was heroic to survive.

Extent and Medium

8 videocassettes

Conditions Governing Access

This testimony is open with permission.

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright has been transferred to the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Use of this testimony requires permission of the Fortunoff Video Archive.

Related Units of Description

  • Related material: Otto P. Holocaust testimony [friend] (HVT-3998), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

Rules and Conventions

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Process Info

  • compiled by Staff of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies


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