Maria P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3062) interviewed by Jean Gerber
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1984
- Interview Date
- April 11, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Maria P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3062). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Maria P., who was born in Dzerzhinsk, Ukraine in 1931. She describes extreme poverty; abandonment by her father; close relations with extended family members; pervasive antisemitism; German invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish restrictions; random killings; a mass murder of Jews in July 1941; returning home with her mother and aunt; hiding with them during a round-up; another mass killing; their escape to Korchëvka; hiding in a cattle shed; their arrest; her release by the head policeman; her mother joining her in the house of a Czech woman; hiding with her mother in Yasnogorod; begging for food and shelter in surrounding villages; numerous instances of assistance from non-Jews; her mother's contacts with partisans; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. P. recounts her mother testifying in trials of Ukrainian policemen; her father's return; the births of two brothers; attending university; working as a high school teacher; antisemitic incidents; marriage; the births of two daughters; and emigration to Canada. She notes that she and her mother would not have survived without assistance from many non-Jews, and discusses sharing her experience with her children. She shows photographs.