Dmitrii M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3263) interviewed by B. M. Zabarko
- Kiev, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- August 1, 1994.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Dmitrii M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3263). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Dmitrii M., who was born in Cherkasy, Ukraine in 1927. He recalls his prosperous family; observing Jewish holidays; German invasion in 1941; the influx of refugees; fleeing, with his parents and sister, to Kremenchuk in July and Poltava in August; his father's draft; German occupation in September; fleeing alone to Gradizhsk, then Cherkasy; losing contact with his mother and sister; living with his grandmother and cousin; learning his grandmother was shot in November and of the Babi Yar massacre; living in an orphanage in Kiev as a non-Jew; acquaintances who did not reveal his identity; ignoring conversations about Jews; fleeing to Smela in December; working in an invalids' home, posing as a Ukrainian orphan; obtaining false documents in February 1942; traveling from village to village; praying for survival; working on a farm near Kobelyaki; traveling to Kremenchuk; working in another town; witnessing a round-up of Jews in March 1943; learning from partisans of the liberation of Kiev; his liberation; and reunion with his mother and sister in 1953. Mr. M. discusses his lost youth; continuing to purport to be Ukrainian, despite marrying a Jew; dreams and terror during the war; and not sharing his experiences before.