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Ben A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3042) interviewed by Jean Gerber,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3042

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Ben A., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1921, one of six children. He recalls antisemitic harassment; Soviet occupation; working in Hlybokaye; returning to Vilna; an influx of Polish-Jewish refugees; fleeing to Minsk when Germany invaded; returning to Vilna; forced labor; his father's arrest (they later learned he was shot); ghettoization; hiding with his mother and siblings during round-ups; conflicts between the ghetto underground and the Judenrat; learning his mother and some siblings were killed in Ponary while he was working; partisans bringing people to the woods; forcing his way into H.K.P. (Heereskraftfahrpark) in 1943; assistance from a German guard; in 1944 learning the camp was to be liquidated; hiding, with friends for three weeks; escaping to stay with a Polish farmer; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. A. recounts his draft into the Soviet military; deserting in Vilna; traveling to Łódź; reunion with his sister; fleeing to Austria; his arrest; escaping to Linz; living in Salzburg displaced persons camp; joining Betar; marriage; and emigration to Israel in 1948, then to Canada.
    Author/Creator
    A., Ben, 1921-
    Published
    Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
    Interview Date
    July 11, 1983.
    Locale
    Lithuania
    Vilnius
    Soviet Union
    Poland
    Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Hlybokae (Belarus)
    Israel
    Minsk (Belarus)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Linz (Austria)
    Cite As
    Ben A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3042). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Gerber, Jean, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 55 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Soviet occupation.
    Partisans.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hiding.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290132
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:40:00
    This page:
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