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Benjamin D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-989) interviewed by Martha Schulwolf and Mark Blechner,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-989

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    Videotape testimony of Benjamin D., who was born in Vilna, Poland, in 1914. He tells of studying fine arts; conscription into the Polish army; antisemitism in the military; Soviet occupation; imprisonment by the Soviets; escape; hiding in Dubno; returning to Vilna; marriage in 1939; brief service in the Soviet army; German invasion; an unsuccessful attempt to escape; formation of the Judenrat; the murder of its members; and appointment of another one. Mr. D. describes mass killings in Ponary; hiding with his wife; ghettoization; working as an artist; the killing of his grandfather and other elderly people; the ghetto underground; deportation with his wife to Ereda in Estonia; forced labor; a young boy's Hanukkah observation which gave them courage; the camp's liquidation; and transfer to Lagedi, then Stutthof. He details conditions and atrocities in the camps; recovery from typhus; liquidation of Stutthof; transfer to another camp; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. D. notes that he wrote a book to explain that survivors of such abnormal times could remain normal and reflects upon the importance of his artistic ability and helping each other to both his own and his wife's survival.
    D., Benjamin, 1914-
    New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
    Interview Date
    May 14, 1988.
    Dubno (Ukraine)
    Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Cite As
    Benjamin D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-989). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Schulwolf, Martha, interviewer.
    Blechner, Mark, interviewer.
    Related publication: Our miracle : Benjamin Dolinsky. -- New York City : Shengold Publishers, c1987.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar effects.
    Mass killings.
    Mutual aid.

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