Ann J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1150) interviewed by Jackie Berger and Jay Cooperson
- Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1989
- Interview Date
- February 26, 1989.
- 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.
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.