Shevah W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1830) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Dina Choshen
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
- Interview Date
- October 2 and December 25, 1986.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Shevah W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1830). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Shevah W., who was born in Boryslav, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1935, the youngest of three children. He recalls a wonderful childhood in a large extended family; family picnics in Truskavet︠s︡ʹ; Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; hiding with his family in their basement during a pogrom by Ukrainians, during which his maternal grandmother was killed; later hiding with Ukranians and Poles in several locations; ghettoization; his father building a false wall in his workshop; hiding there for seven months with his family, an aunt, and cousin; a Ukrainian woman bringing them food and water; moving to a bunker in the basement fearing discovery; the woman continuing to supply them; liberation almost two years later by Soviet troops in August 1944; an uncle, his wife, and two children returning from hiding in the forests, then an uncle and cousin who had been in a concentration camp; a family friend committing suicide (his wife and children had been killed); moving to Gliwice intending to emigrate to Palestine; his brother's departure to emigrate; traveling with his parents and sister to the Rothschild displaced persons camp in Vienna via Bratislava; joining Hashomer Hatzair; he and his sister joining their brother in Milan (his parents remained in Austria due to his father's illness); his brother's departure for Palestine; he and his sister moving to a youth house in Rome; his illegal emigration to Palestine via Naples and Genoa; attending school; and his parents and sister arriving in about 1952. Mr. W. discusses his integration into Israeli society; not sharing his experiences due to lack of interest by Israelis; trips to Poland and Germany; and his political philosophy and career.