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Hersch A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1212) interviewed by Deborah Shelkan Remis and Louise Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1212

Videotape testimony of Hersch A., who was born in Brzez︠h︡any, Poland (now Berezhany, Ukraine) in 1931. He recalls Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in 1941; his father's arrest and disappearance on Yom Kippur; fleeing with his sister during an Aktion the following Yom Kippur; their capture; his escape (he never saw his sister again); ghettoization; the murder of his two other sisters; hiding with his mother and relatives in a sub-basement; escaping from the ghetto; returning again since no one would help them; and his mother's capture during another escape. Mr. A. recounts hiding near Naraev with help from farmers; returning to Brzez︠h︡any when it became cold; being hidden by a non-Jewish friend; joining his aunt and a cousin hiding in the forests and with non-Jews; hiding alone in an attic; liberation; living in Italy for four years; and emigrating to the United States with his aunt and uncle. He discusses his amazement that he still believes in God; the difficulty of watching other children play while in hiding; and reluctance to discuss his experiences until he gradually shared them with his daughter's classes.

Author/Creator
A., Hersch, 1931-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
Interview Date
February 10, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hersch A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1212). 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/1090376
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:11:00
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