Shoshana S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1067) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Shoshana Choshen
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
- Interview Date
- June 22, 1984.
- 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.
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.