Bela M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3156) interviewed by Abraham Huberman
- Buenos Aires, Argentina : Fundacion "Memoria del Holocausto", 1993
- Interview Date
- July 4, 1993.
- 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.
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.