Ben S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1344) interviewed by Barbara McPherson and Robert Moses Shapiro
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
- Interview Date
- May 14, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ben S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1344). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ben S. who was born in Ozeryany, Poland (now Ukraine) in 1920. One of nine children, he describes poverty in the shtetl; attending cheder where his father taught; the family's move to Goloby when he was eleven; attending yeshiva in Lutsk from 1933 to 1937; returning home to teach when his father became ill; increasing antisemitism; participation in Zionist youth groups to prepare for kibbutz life; Soviet occupation in 1939; and many refugees fleeing from German occupation. Mr. S. recounts the German invasion; fleeing east with three friends to Kiev; working on a collective farm near Stalingrad (now Volgograd) for two months; fleeing the German advance to Tashkent, hoping to reach Palestine via Iran; work on a collective in Kazakhstan; recovering from typhus; and enlisting in the Soviet Army. He describes returning home at the end of the war; learning his family and almost all other Jews had been killed; marriage in 1945; escape to a displaced persons camp in Munich; and emigration to the United States in 1947, instead of Palestine, because of the British blockade.