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Fania S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3288) interviewed by Kira Burova,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3288

Videotape testimony of Fania S., who was born in Novohrad-Volynsʹkyī, Ukraine in 1926. She describes her family's orthodoxy; German invasion in June 1941; her family's flight to Dovbysh; returning home when Germans arrived; anti-Jewish restrictions; living with her aunt in Krasnostav; hiding during a round-up for a mass killing; leaving town posing as a non-Jew; walking to Novohrad-Volynsʹkyī; meeting her younger brother who told her all Jews, including her parents and other brother, were rounded-up; finding her family; her mother pushing her into the ditch before she was killed; crawling out of the mass grave that night; hiding with a Ukrainian family; leaving, for fear of endangering them; living as a non-Jew in an orphanage in Radomyshl'; taking two Jewish girls with her to join a partisan unit in Vyshevichi in 1943; working as a reconnaissance scout, always on the move; keeping her Jewish identity secret; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to the orphanage; attending dental school; marriage in 1948; and her child's birth. She discusses her constant terror and sense of isolation during the war; futile efforts to find her brother; and difficulties living with persistent painful memories.

S., Fania, 1926-
Z︠H︡itomyr, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 10, 1994.
Novohrad-Volynsʹkyĭ (Ukraine)
Dovbysh (Ukraine)
Krasnostav (Khmelʹnyt︠s︡ʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Radomyshlʹ (Z︠H︡ytomyrsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Vyshevichi (Ukraine)
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fania S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3288). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.