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Shevah W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1830) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Dina Choshen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1830

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.

W., Shevah, 1935-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
Interview Date
October 2 and December 25, 1986.
Boryslav (Ukraine)
Truskavet︠s︡ʹ (Ukraine)
Gliwice (Poland)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Milan (Italy)
Rome (Italy)
Naples (Italy)
Genoa (Italy)
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.
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