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Vladimir L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3269) interviewed by B. M. Zabarko and Izabela Davydovna Slucka

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3269

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.

L., Vladimir, 1928-
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.
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Vladimir L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3269). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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