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Yehoshua L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3196) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak and Anita Tarsi

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3196

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.

Author/Creator
L., Yehoshua, 1923?-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
April 19, 1991.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
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.