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David H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-879) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel and Sondra Kraff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-879

Videotape testimony of David H., who was born in Horodenka, Poland in 1921. He recalls pervasive antisemitism; a barber's apprenticeship in 1935; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in 1941; fleeing to the Soviet Union with his family; working on a farm in Stavropolʹ; German invasion on August 3, 1942; their escape to Temnolesskaya; losing contact with his father and older brother; his mother's unsuccessful attempt to locate them; passing as non-Jews in Temnolesskaya, using false papers; hiding with his brother when they were mistaken for partisans; posing as Soviet army officers; living in a village founded by Polish immigrants; liberation in March 1943; examining his mother's and sisters' bodies in a mass grave in Temnolesskaya; and subsequent rage which he still harbors. Mr. H. describes returning to Stavropolʹ with his brother; reunion with his father and older brother; returning to Horodenka; marriage; living in Legnica; traveling to Germany in May 1946; living in a displaced persons camp; his son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. He discusses the importance of sharing his experience and the reluctance of others to listen; his anger; and sharing his experiences with his children.

Author/Creator
H., David, 1921-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1991
Interview Date
October 13, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS time coding.
Cite As
David H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-879). 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/1111970
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:13:00
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