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Shoshana S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1067) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Shoshana Choshen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1067

Videotape testimony of Shoshana S., who was born in 1925 and grew up in Nadvirna, Poland (presently Ukraine). She recalls increased leftist influence; anti-Jewish violence; Soviet occupation in 1939; Hungarian, then German, occupation in 1941; Ukrainian violence; barely escaping from a mass killing in fall 1941 while her family hid in an attic; ghettoization; forced labor with her brother; her father deciding they had no chance for survival; splitting the family to escape in October 1942 with assistance from a Polish guard; wandering the forests near Sighet with her parents; her mother's disappearance; assistance from Jews and non-Jews; traveling to Budapest; Hungarian Jews' disbelief that Jews were being murdered in Poland; her father's departure for Palestine in May 1944; hiding in a bunker for eight months with others, including her future husband; liberation by Soviet troops; her rescuer's fear of retaliation for having hidden Jews; traveling to Bucharest; marriage; her son's birth; fear of circumcising him due to antisemitism; learning her father was in Palestine; and illegal emigration to join him in 1947. Mrs. S. discusses her feelings during her experiences; one son's war death; and the importance of Israel to Jewish survival. She shows photographs and documents.

S., Shoshana, 1925-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
Interview Date
June 22, 1984.
Nadvirna (Ukraine)
Budapest (Hungary)
Bucharest (Romania)
Sighet (Romania)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shoshana S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1067). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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