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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3266

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)
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Riva B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3266). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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