Bernard S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3237) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer
- Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1990
- Interview Date
- June 28, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Bernard S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3237). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Bernard S., who was born in Sofiïvka, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1928, one of six children. He recalls Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; a mass killing including his father; stealing food for his family; fleeing with others when they saw trucks entering the village; learning there had been a mass killing including his family; hiding in the forest; receiving food from his former Polish employer; returning to his town after a month; escaping to the forest with a woman and her children; building a bunker; moving often; obtaining food from Polish farmers and a woman who was hiding a Jewish child; killings by Ukrainians; fleeing to a swamp; living for six months on a platfrom; contact with partisans; liberation by Soviet troops in March 1944; traveling to Kharkiv, Kiev, then Poland; living in a children's home; leaving with other children for Kraków; preparing for emigration to Israel; being smuggled to Prague, then to Leipheim, Germany; hearing from his uncle in the United States; and emigrating to join him in April 1947. Mr. S. notes seldom discussing his experiences with his children and difficulty conveying everything he lived through despite vivid memories.