Donia M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2886) interviewed by Stephen Bressler
- Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1991
- Interview Date
- September 27, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Donia M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2886). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Donia M., who was born in Krystynopilʹ, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Chervonohrad, Ukraine) in 1912. She recounts her mother's death when she was three weeks old; living with her aunt and two cousins; attending school in Sokalʹ; marriage in 1936; her son's birth; German invasion; fleeing to Soviet-occupied Peremyshli︠a︡ny with her husband, aunt, cousins, and mother-in-law; German invasion; a German who knew her husband giving him a privileged position; ghettoization; mass killings including her aunt and mother-in-law; hiding with her cousins, their children, and her son with non-Jews her husband knew; her husband's murder; building a bunker in the woods with assistance from a Polish peasant; stealing food; moving frequently to escape raids by Ukrainians and Germans; the deaths of her cousins and their children; returning to Peremyshli︠a︡ny after Soviet troops arrived; living in Bad Reichenhall displaced persons camp; receiving papers from a relative in Canada; emigration to Halifax; and moving to New York to join other relatives. Ms. M. discusses many non-Jews who helped them survive; her son's education and family; her relatives who perished (she is the sole survivor); and nightmares of being in the bunker and searching for food.