Vladimir L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3269) interviewed by B. M. Zabarko and Izabela Davydovna Slucka
- Kharkiv, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- August 3, 1994.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Vladimir L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3269). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Vladimir L., who was born in Rositsa, Belarus in 1928. He recalls Jewish holidays and an affluent life in Kharkiv; German invasion; fleeing to Saltov with his family; returning to Kharkiv; anti-Jewish restrictions; his parents' severe beating by Germans; forced labor; ghettoization in a factory; shootings, beatings, cold, and starvation; mass killings in Drobitzky Yar in January 1941; escaping with his parents and brother to his father's business acquaintance; hiding with assistance from non-Jewish friends; his father's killing; fleeing with his mother and brother to Novaya Vodalaga, using false papers; enlisting in the Soviet army; incarceration as a POW in Gorokhovatka; escaping from a group designated for killing; a forced march to Izi︠u︡m; escaping with his friend from a POW camp in Barvenkovo; walking 300 kilometers with his mother and brother, posing as non-Jews; living in Vysotskoye; liberation in February 1943 by Soviet troops; their move to Bolnisi; and returning to Kharkiv in January 1944. Mr. L. recounts his career; marriage to a non-Jew; blatant antisemitism; his daughter's interest in his experiences; and nightmares of the ghetto. He discusses his belief he would be killed every day during the war; constant fear; and attributing their survival to help from non-Jews and constant moving.