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Sabetai B. and Yvette L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3014) interviewed by Jaša Almuli,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3014

Videotape testimony of Yvette L., who was born in 1935 in Thessalonikē, Greece and her brother, Sabetai B., who was born there in 1931. They recall their father's export business; his arrest and release after German invasion; a Polish refugee who warned them about Jewish killings in concentration camps; only their mother giving him credence; ghettoization; the family's escape in March 1943 with assistance from a non-Jew; traveling to Lamia, then Katerinē; being taken in by strangers; returning to the ghetto five days later; leaving to live with a non-Jew (he obtained false papers for them); their rescuer bringing them to Kozanē, his native village; obtaining permission to travel from partisans in Sérvia; staying with a client in Tírnavos, then arriving at Italian-occupied Larisa; traveling to Athens via Volos, then to Iōannina; local Jews scoffing at their warnings; obtaining permission to go to Albania; staying in a village, then Tirana; renting a ship to go to Italy, then traveling to Egypt; staying in Sinai, then Cairo; and returning to Thessalonikē after the war. They discuss the deportation of thirty-five relatives (three returned) and why more Jews did not escape from Thessalonikē.

B., Sabetai, 1931-
Athens, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
December 13, 1994.
Thessalonikē (Greece)
Lamia (Greece)
Katerinē (Greece)
Kozanē (Greece)
Larisa (Greece)
Tírnavos (Greece)
Sérvia (Greece)
Volos (Greece)
Athens (Greece)
Iōannina (Greece)
Tirana (Albania)
Sinai (Egypt)
Cairo (Egypt)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sabetai B. and Yvette L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3014). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.