Rubin P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3038) interviewed by Sandy Hayden
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
- Interview Date
- June 15, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rubin P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3038). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rubin P., who was born in Dyatlovo (Zsheṭl), Poland (presently Belarus). He describes his Orthodox family; attending yeshiva in Dvorets; antisemitic incidents in 1938; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish laws; a mass killing on July 15, 1941 including his parents and younger sister; ghettoization in November; Alter Dvoretski, a Judenrat leader, organizing partisans; smuggling arms into the ghetto; hiding with his older sister during a mass killing on August 6, 1942; their escape; learning Dvoretski was murdered by non-Jewish partisans; smuggling themselves into Dvorets labor camp; their escape to the forest; joining Hirsch Kaplinski's partisans in autumn 1942; German offensives including those of Andreī Vlasov's army; hiding in a bunker with his sister; rejoining partisans; anti-Nazi operations; liberation by Soviet troops in July 1944; immediate draft into the Soviet military; fleeing to Łódź with his sister in 1945; living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1946; reunion with his older brother; and emigration to Canada in January 1948. Mr. P. discusses revenge, his motivation in the partisans; losing faith in prayer despite maintaining Jewish practices; and sharing his experiences with his children. His shows photographs and notes his town's Yizkor book.