Sylvia B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1168) interviewed by Gitta Chaet
- Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1987
- Interview Date
- April 15, 1987.
- 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.
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.