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Ann J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1150) interviewed by Jackie Berger and Jay Cooperson

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1150

Videotape testimony of Ann J., who was born in Kobylʹnik, Poland (presently Narach, Belarus) in 1931, one of six children. She recalls antisemitic violence and boycotts; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish violence by local militiamen; a round-up of all the Jews in fall 1942; Germans hiding her older brother; her family's release because her mother made dresses for the mayor's family; transfer to Myadzyel; escape with her parents, two sisters, and infant brother during a partisan attack; hiding in a forest; cold and starvation; obtaining food by begging from local farmers; hiding in a swamp; building a bunker for their second winter of hiding; German attacks; liberation by Soviet troops in July 1944; returning home (the town had been burned down); moving to Postavy; resuming school; her father testifying at a collaborator's trial; moving to Poland in 1946; fleeing antisemitic violence; moving to a displaced persons camp in Germany via Czechoslovakia and Austria; and emigration to the United States. Ms. J. discusses the uniqueness of her family's survival, although one brother was killed, and contacts with partisans in the forest.

Author/Creator
J., Ann, 1931-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1989
Interview Date
February 26, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ann J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1150). 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/4283363
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
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