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Pessia B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1072) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Shlomit Mahler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1072

Videotape testimony of Pessia B., who was born in 1922 in Zheludok, Poland (presently Belarus), one of seven children. She recounts her family's Zionist beliefs and activities; the emigration of two older sisters to Palestine; Soviet occupation; joining her sister in Vilna, intending to emigrate; returning home; traveling to Lida; brief incarceration in Eišiškės; returning home; German invasion; a brother and sister fleeing east; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced labor; hearing a mass shooting of Jews and seeing the open grave; hiding with others during a round-up; discovery; escape; hiding with two children; Polish guards helping her join surviving Jews (she posed as the wife of her future husband); transfer to the Szczuczyn ghetto; living with an aunt; transfer to Lida; escaping with her future husband and others; joining the Bielski brigade; battles with Germans and non-Jewish partisans; moving often by foot; assistance from local farmers; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Nowogrodek; returning home seeking relatives (no one survived); antisemitic attacks; contact with her sister in Israel; joining her uncle, Yitzhak Zuckerman, in Łódź; seeking her husband's relatives in Pabianice (there were none); Zuckerman organizing illegal emigration to Palestine; traveling to Bucharest; obtaining false Greek identity papers; traveling to Graz, then Italy; and emigration to Palestine by boat. Ms. B. notes nightmares resulting from her experiences, and the loss of many relatives, including her brother who was killed in combat as a Soviet soldier.

B., Pessia, 1922-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984 and 1985
Interview Date
July 27, 1984 and January 11, 1985.
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Pessia B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1072). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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