Fyodor I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3283) interviewed by Pinchas Agmon and Star Yelizovecki
- Kiev, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- August 8, 1994.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Fyodor I. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3283). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Fyodor I., who was born in Ostrog, Poland (presently Ostroh, Ukraine) in 1920. He recalls attending Polish school; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; a mass shooting (his father was killed); ghettoization; the Judenrat finding ways to help people survive; hiding during a second mass shooting in fall 1941 (his brother was killed); hiding with his mother and aunts during liquidation of the ghetto in November 1942; fleeing to another hiding place, then to a village (he never saw his family again); finding a Jewish friend; hiding together in a barn, then in a bunker in the woods with assistance from a Ukrainian peasant; fleeing when they were discovered in April 1943; joining partisans with his friend (they had to burn a sawmill to be accepted); joining Soviet forces in April 1944 in Roz︠h︡ishche; becoming ill; recovering in a hospital in Kivertsy; becoming an orderly; accompanying the hospital through Poland and Germany; discharge after the war; arrest for allegedly intending to emigrate to Israel; imprisonment in a Soviet camp in the Pechora region; release in 1954; and settling in Niz︠h︡yn. Mr. I. notes painful memories prevent him from living in Ostroh.