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Ben-Zion B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3197) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak and Margalith Shlain,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3197

Videotape testimony of Ben-Zion B., who was born in Domachëvo, Poland (presently Belarus) in 1924, the younger of two children. He recounts his father's death when he less than three; a close extended family; relatives emigrating to the United States; his mother's remarriage; the births of a brother and sister; attending cheder and Polish public school; antisemitic teachers; visits from his American uncle; his sister's marriage; brief German invasion; Soviet occupation; visiting his sister in Kosiv; German invasion in June 1941; witnessing a mass killing; forced labor; smuggling food to his family; non-Jewish neighbors bringing them food; visiting an aunt in the Brest ghetto; hiding with his family in a bunker; their decision to commit suicide (his stepfather succeeded, the rest became ill); leaving the bunker after a week (his mother insisted); learning his mother and siblings were killed; escaping to a forest; his sense of isolation; finding other Jews and joining them; stealing weapons; acceptance into the Voroshilov partisans after burning a dairy in his hometown; many military operations; executions of German prisoners; assisting a Jewish boy; liberation in July 1944 by Soviet troops; liberating Brest; enlisting in the Soviet military in Kobryn; learning of concentration camps; liberating Lublin and Warsaw; and advancing to Berlin.
Mr. B. recalls traveling to Brest; military discharge; returning home; traveling to Łódź; fleeing an attack by the Armia Krajowa; traveling to Germany with a group organized to emigrate to Palestine; marriage; living in a refugee camp; his son's birth; emigration to Israel via Bandol in 1948; military service in Israel-Arab War; establishing a business; and reunion with the boy he assisted in the forest. Mr. B. names many partisans and discusses details of partisan life; revenge as motivation; reluctance to share his experiences due to negative Israeli perceptions of survivors; and his sense each grandchild healed a wound. He names murdered Jews from Domachëvo as a memorial to them.

Author/Creator
B., Ben-Zion, 1924-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
April 3, 1991.
Locale
Belarus
Brest
Israel
Poland
Damachava (Belarus)
Kosiv (Ukraine)
Brest (Belarus)
Kobryn (Belarus)
Berlin (Germany)
Warsaw (Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Bandol (France)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ben-Zion B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3197). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290992
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:28:00
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