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Bela M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3156) interviewed by Abraham Huberman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3156

Videotape testimony of Bela M., who was born in Sharkowshchyna, Poland (presently Belarus) in 1931, the oldest of three daughters. She recalls her father was a Lubavitch Hasid; attending a Jewish school, then Polish school; antisemitic harassment; Soviet occupation; German invasion; ghettoization; a group escape; separation from her family; walking to Pastavy; her father finding her and bringing her to the Glubokoye ghetto; rumors of liquidation; a non-Jew hiding her family; returning to the ghetto when it became too dangerous; hiding in a bunker; escaping when the Germans bombed them (her mother, one sister, and others were killed); feigning death after she was shot (her father and other sister were shot to death); assistance from non-Jews; hiding with other Jews in the Kazian forest; joining the partisans; obtaining food in Svir; liberation by Soviet troops in 1944; living with an aunt in Drui︠a︡ for a year; meeting her future husband; moving to a Gordonyah kibbutz; fleeing due to antisemitic violence; living in Wegscheid, Wasseralfingen, and another displaced persons camp; studying nursing; living with a great uncle in Dublin for two years; and emigration to Argentina in 1951 to join her future husband. Ms. M. notes learning of concentration camps only after the war.

Author/Creator
M., Bela, 1931-
Published
Buenos Aires, Argentina : Fundacion "Memoria del Holocausto", 1993
Interview Date
July 4, 1993.
Language
Spanish
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bela M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3156). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290822
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