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Esfira F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1935) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1935

Videotape testimony of Esfira F., who was born in Belopolʹye, Soviet Union (now Ukraine) in 1924. She recalls friendly relations with non-Jews; attending Ukrainian school; German bombardment and invasion in 1941; anti-Jewish restrictions and violence; translating to the Germans for her kolkhoz director; refusing a marriage offer from a German soldier; ghettoization in Berdychiv; escaping; returning to Belopolʹye; escaping a mass killing with her family; escaping a mass killing by Germans and Ukrainian police in May 1942 with help from a German who pushed her into a pit (her mother and brother were killed); injuring herself in the fall; receiving care from Ukrainian peasants; reunion with her father and younger brother; her father's murder when he went for food; wandering about with her brother and staying with many peasants; liberation by Soviet troops in December 1944; her brother's military conscription (he was killed in 1945); returning to Belopolʹye; moving to Z︠H︡ytomyr to join her aunt; marriage to a widower; her son's birth; and emigration to Israel in 1991. Mrs. F. discusses her nightmares; visiting a peasant couple who often hid her and her brother; and encountering antisemitism after the war. She shows photographs.

F., Esfira, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 27, 1991.
Soviet Union
Belopolʹye (Ukraine)
Z︠H︡ytomyr (Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esfira F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1935). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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