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Joshua F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2484) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2484

Videotape testimony of Joshua F., who was born in Dubrovitsa, Poland (now Ukraine) in 1921. He recalls antisemitic incidents from his childhood leading to difficulties in school; working in the family business; Soviet occupation; working in Krivichi; returning to Dubrovitsa after the German invasion; forced labor; ghettoization; the role of the Judenrat; a brief forced transfer to Sarnopolʹ in 1942; being discovered while hiding from round-ups; deportation to Sarny with his father, sisters, and cousins; escaping alone from a mass killing; rejoining his mother and other siblings in hiding in Dubrovitsa; their escape to the forest; hiding with other Jews; help from some Ukrainian farmers; joining a Soviet partisan unit after the others were killed; losing much of his vision from an illness; and liberation. Mr. F. describes forced conscription into the Soviet army; efforts to escape; a trial in Moscow; imprisonment and forced labor; release in August 1945; reunion with his mother in Sarny; fleeing to West Germany; living in a displaced persons camp; and emigrating to the United States.

F., Joshua, 1921-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1993
Interview Date
March 19, 1993.
Soviet Union
Dubrovyt︠s︡i︠a︡ (Ukraine)
Kryvichy (Belarus)
Sarny (Rivnensʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Moscow (Russia)
Sarnopolʹ (Belarus)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joshua F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2484). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.