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David B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1493) interviewed by Bob Jacobson and Barbara Dover

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1493

Videotape testimony of David B., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1928. He recalls Soviet occupation in 1939; Lithuanian independence; fleeing with his father and brother to Glubokoye; returning to Vilna in January 1940 to rejoin his mother and sister; German invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish measures; mass killings of Jews at Ponary; hiding with his father during a round-up in August 1941 (his mother, brother, and sister were taken to Ponary); ghettoization; sharing his father's identification so another family would be protected by his; liquidation of the small ghetto in late 1941; escaping with his father; and hiding with help from several non-Jews. Dr. B. recounts their unsuccessful efforts to join an antisemitic partisan group; their arrest and incarceration in Valozhyn; escape; joining the Voroshilov partisans, then a Lithuanian brigade in the Kazian forest; his father's participation in the liberation of Vilna; his unsuccessful attempt to enroll at the University of Moscow; his father's murder in March 1945 by anti-Semitic employees; traveling to Hamburg in July; living in the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; emigration to the United States; completing veterinary school; and service in the United States Army. Dr. B. details life in hiding and with the partisans.

Author/Creator
B., David, 1928-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
March 18, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1493). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.