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Abe M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1511) interviewed by Janice Gordon, Claire Schuschny, and Art Barzalay,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1511

Videotape testimony of Abe M., who was born in Chortkiv, Poland (now Ukraine) in 1923. He recalls membership in a Zionist youth group; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion; Ukrainian collaboration in rounding-up and shooting Jews; anti-Jewish regulations which resulted in impoverishment, hunger, and isolation; formation of the Judenrat; with assistance from non-Jews, hiding and finding jobs to avoid round-ups; ghettoization in April 1942; rumors of mass killings; his family's Judenrat exemption from deportation; hiding during "aktions"; his father and sister disappearing; and disbelief upon hearing deportees were gassed. Mr. M. recounts conditions in the reduced ghetto; forced labor; transfer with his mother in January 1943 to work on farms in Svidova, then Ulashkovtsy; Ukrainian underground activities; dreaming his father foretold he would survive; narrowly avoiding capture during round-ups and mass shootings in late 1943; hiding with others in a cave; liberation by Soviet troops in March 1944; traveling to Chortkiv; fleeing from German counterattacks to Kopychynt︠s︡i and Pidvolochyʹsk; and returning with his mother to Chortkiv.

Author/Creator
M., Abe, 1923-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1990
Interview Date
April 27, 1990, May 18, 1990, and May 25, 1990.
Locale
Ukraine
Chortkiv
Poland
Chortkiv (Ukraine)
Svidova (Ukraine)
Kopychynt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
Pidvolochyʹsk (Ukraine)
Ulashkovtsy (Ukraine)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abe M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1511). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1108255
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