Yehoshua L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3196) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak and Anita Tarsi
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- April 19, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Yehoshua L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3196). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Yehoshua L., who was born in approximately 1923 and raised in Lakhva, Poland (presently Belarus), one of five children. He recalls attending a local Yavneh school, then yeshiva in Luninets; his father's death in 1938; Soviet occupation in 1939; his sister's evacuation east during the German invasion in June 1941; his futile attempt to flee east; slave labor for Organisation Todt; ghettoization in spring 1942; solidarity promoted by the Judenrat led by Dov Lopatin; bringing food to Jews in a Hungarian slave labor battalion when they passed through; non-Jews informing them mass graves were being prepared for the town, leading to an organized uprising on September 2, 1942, led by Lopatin and Itshak Rokhchin; the mass escape during which many were killed; gathering in the forest with a group of about 120, including one of his brothers; futile attempts to join partisans (his brother was accepted); hiding in a forest near Babruĭsk; last seeing his brother in 1943; liberation in 1944; joining the Soviet army; liberating Białystok; transfer to Hrodna; living in a displaced persons camp in Germany; and emigration to Israel. Mr. L. discusses Jews who were killed in the forests by non-Jewish partisans and testifying at a war crimes trial.