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Sylvia B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1168) interviewed by Gitta Chaet

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1168

Videotape testimony of Sylvia B., who was born in Lwów, Poland (presently Lʹviv, Ukraine) in 1925. She recalls moving with her family to Magerov; German occupation for two weeks; Soviet occupation; reporting for compulsory forced labor for the Soviets on June 22, 1941; German bombardment; being driven eastward by Soviet troops (she never saw her parents again), then train transport from Ternopilʹ; escaping from the train in Kharkiv with two friends; having to retreat with Soviets as the Germans advanced; forced labor; escaping in 1944; walking for hundreds of miles; arriving in Kiev in the spring; learning about concentration camps and mass killings; returning to Lwów, then Magerov, seeking surviving relatives; fleeing from antisemitic attacks; meeting her husband in Rava-Russkai︠a︡; marriage; smuggling themselves to Poland; staying in Labach, then Warsaw; her son's birth; traveling to Berlin; living in Zehlendorf, Schlachtensee, and Eschwege displaced persons camps; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. B. notes she has difficulties dealing with her war memories; not understanding why she survived; and the enormity of the loss for the entire world.

B., Sylvia, 1925-
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1987
Interview Date
April 15, 1987.
Soviet Union
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Magerov (Ukraine)
Ternopilʹ (Ukraine)
Kharkiv (Ukraine)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Rava-Rusʹka (Ukraine)
Labach (Ukraine)
Warsaw (Poland)
Berlin (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sylvia B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1168). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.