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Lev A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3265) interviewed by B.M. Zabarko and Star Yelizovecki

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3265

Videotape testimony of Lev A., who was born in Perei︠a︡slav, Ukraine in 1915. He recalls attending Ukrainian school, then a technical school in Kiev; working as an electrician; moving to Crimea with his family during the famine in 1933; marriage; returning to Kiev in 1937; draft into the Soviet Army; serving in Kiev, then Z︠H︡itomir; discharge in October 1940; returning to Kiev; German invasion; evacuation east of his pregnant wife and mother; military recall; serving in Pryluky and Kharkiv; capture by Germans in 1942; forced labor as a POW in Khorol, posing as a non-Jewish Ukrainian; and escaping with a non-Jewish friend during a forced march in September. Mr. A. recounts hiding with assistance from Ukrainian peasants; acquiring false papers; fleeing to Pryluki; joining partisans in Losinovka; military activities, particularly bombing of trains, as a partisan leader in several forests and in Chernihiv; joining with Soviet forces; being wounded in September 1943; one-year hospitalization in Tambov; and reunion with his family in Kiev in 1944. Mr. A. notes working in one factory for thirty-seven years; many good neighbors; and his family's intent to emigrate to Israel.

Author/Creator
A., Lev, 1915-
Published
Kiev, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 2, 1994.
Language
Russian
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub;band 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lev A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3265). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.