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Sonia H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1991) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Barbara Pelzer,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1991

Videotape testimony of Sonia H., who was born in Oleyëvo-Korolëvka, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1933. She remembers cordial relations with non-Jews; Soviet occupation; her father hiding to avoid deportation to Siberia; Hungarian, then German invasion in 1941; hiding in bunkers in her grandmother's house; her paternal grandparents being caught in a round-up; moving to Biʹlche to hide in a grotto; her mother and sister being caught; their release after her father bribed officials; hiding in her father's friend's barn, a forest, then another grotto beginning in May 1943; local peasants providing them with food; liberation by Soviet troops in April 1944; their return home; moving to Borshchov after two aunts were murdered; her father's draft into the Soviet military (they never saw him again); her grandfather's killing by peasants; she and an aunt traveling to Föhrenwald displaced persons camp with assistance from the Red Cross; living in an orphanage; being joined by her mother and sister; her emigration to the United States in 1947 with assistance from the Joint (her mother and sister came three years later); marriage; and the births of three children. Mrs. H. shows photographs.

H., Sonia, 1933-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 11, 1991.
Oleyëvo-Korolëvka (Ukraine)
Biʹlche-Zolotoye (Ukraine)
Borshiv (Lʹvivsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sonia H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1991). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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