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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3042

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.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ben A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3042). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.