Borys K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3284) interviewed by B. M. Zabarko
- 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
- Borys K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3284). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Borys K., who was born in Ozarintsy, Ukraine in 1923. He describes his family's devotion to a Jewish school his father founded; his mother's responsibility for their surviving the 1930s famine; joining Komsomol; German invasion; enlisting in the Soviet army on July 20, 1941; retreating; brief incarceration as a POW; escaping home via Mohyliv and Karpovka; hiding with non-Jews; establishing an underground unit; joining his family in the ghetto; recovering from typhus with help from a non-Jewish doctor; transfer to Pechora concentration camp; escaping with assistance from a non-Jew; returning to Ozarintsy ghetto; writing anti-Nazi pamphlets; visiting his uncle in the Mohyliv ghetto in February 1944; being shot by a German in front of his mother on March 17; medical assistance from the doctor who had previously saved him; liberation by Soviet troops; enlisting in the Soviet army; meeting U.S. troops at the Elbe River; studying in Kiev; and teaching. Mr. K. discusses the importance of help from non-Jews to his family's survival; mass killings; his state of mind in the ghetto and camp; the importance of Yiddish; and his publications including an essay in "The Black Book" and documentaries about the famine and war in Ukraine.