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Ben S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1344) interviewed by Barbara McPherson and Robert Moses Shapiro

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1344

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.

Author/Creator
S., Ben, 1920-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
May 14, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1055905
Record last modified: 2015-03-27 09:15:00
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