Philip P. and Sofia P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3275) interviewed by B. M. Zabarko and Bela Turman
- Cherkasy and Kamʹia︠n︡e Pole, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- August 6 and 7, 1994.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Philip P. and Sofia P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3275). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Philip P., who was born in Kamʹia︠n︡e Pole (Kamenka), Ukraine in 1925. He recalls observing Jewish holidays and attending synagogue; a large, extended family; joining Komsomol; his father's draft in August 1941; German occupation; hiding with his mother, with assistance from non-Jewish neighbors, when most Jews were slaughtered; fleeing to a nearby village; returning with his mother and sister to Kamenka; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced labor in a forest; assistance from a German officer; transfer to forced labor outside Kamenka; escaping with his mother and sister with assistance from non-Jews; fleeing to Oleksandrivka; burying their Komsomol cards to prevent identification as Jews; traveling from Znamenka to Chechelivka, posing as non-Jews; his mother's brief arrest; fleeing to Shchorsk; his mother obtaining false documents; working on a collective farm; liberation by Soviet troops on October 30, 1943; reunion with his father in Kamenka; attending engineering school in Kirovohrad; military service; and marriage in 1952. Mr. P. discusses assistance from many non-Jews during German occupation; hiding his Jewish identity after the war; and sharing his experiences when his daughters were adults. Mr. P. and his sister Sofia visit areas of Kamenka and describe their experiences.