Feiga and Yochel F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3099) interviewed by Robert Krell
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 6, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Feiga and Yochel F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3099). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Feiga F., who was born in Alsėdžiai, Lithuania in 1919 and Yochel F. who was born in Rubi︠a︡z︠h︡ėvichy, Russia (Poland after World War I, presently Belarus) in 1911. Mrs. F. recalls her eight siblings; wanting to emigrate to Palestine against her father's wishes; Soviet occupation; meeting her husband; marriage in April 1941; German invasion; being left with her family to run their leather factory when the town's Jews were deported; the local priest offering to hide them; living in the attic of a house (fourteen family members and two babies subsequently born); leaving when workers became suspicious; giving one baby to the owner of the house (the baby died); building bunkers in several locations; hiding with the mayor of their town; liberation by Soviet troops; an interview by Ilʹi︠a︡ Ėrenburg who cried when he met them; her mother's death; fleeing to Austria to escape communism; and emigration to the United States in 1946.
Mr. F. recounts his seven siblings; antisemitic violence as a child; attending yeshiva in Vilnius; going to a more rural area since he was there illegally; meeting his wife; and serving as a rabbi to a congregation in New York after the war. They both discuss sharing their story with their children and grandchildren when they were older; testifying on behalf of the man who saved them when he was being persecuted by the Soviets after the war and officially honoring him through Yad Vashem; family members who were killed; the importance of teaching about the Holocaust; and respect for all people.