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Riva B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3266) interviewed by Pinchas Agmon and Star Yelizovecki,

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    Videotape testimony of Riva B., who was born in Nemirov, Ukraine in 1919. She recounts her father's death in a pogrom; her mother storing grain for a Ukrainian peasant and returning it during a famine, thus saving their lives; moving to Vinnyt︠s︡i︠a︡ in 1934; German invasion in June 1941; returning to Nemirov; German occupation in July; forced relocation; an uncle's appointment to the Judenrat; his warning of a mass killing in November; her mother, fleeing with her mother to Medvezhʹye, then Vinnyt︠s︡i︠a︡; returning to Nemirov with her mother and aunt to escape mass killings in May 1942; being hidden by their Ukrainian peasant friend in Osipenki; she and her aunt leaving; obtaining false papers with assistance from a non-Jewish friend in Vinnyt︠s︡i︠a︡; walking to Berdykovtse; working in Horodok; arrest and imprisonment in October; escaping from a mass killing claiming to be non-Jewish Ukrainian; fleeing to Deneshi; living with a Ukrainian family; joining the partisans; execution of a friend suspected of German collaboration; spying for and fighting with partisans; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her mother in May 1944; their move to Kiev; marriage; and her daughter's birth. She notes the limitations of words to convey these events; many non-Jews who saved them; sharing her experiences with her daughter and granddaughter; and desecration of a monument to the murdered Jews in Nemirov.
    B., Riva, 1919-
    Kiev, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
    Interview Date
    August 2, 1994.
    Vinnyt︠s︡i︠a︡ (Ukraine)
    Berdykovtse (Ukraine)
    Horodok (Lʹvivsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
    Kiev (Ukraine)
    Osipenki (Ukraine)
    Medvezhʹye Ushko (Ukraine)
    Deneshi (Ukraine)
    Cite As
    Riva B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3266). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Agmon, Pinchas, interviewer.
    Yelizovecki, Star, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Russian and Ukrainian.

    Physical Details

    Russian Ukrainian
    3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 1 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Mass killings.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Survivor-child relations.

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