Sofiia Y. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3291) interviewed by Kira Burova
- Berdychiv, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- August 11, 1994.
- 3copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sofiia Y. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3291). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sofiia Y., who was born in Raygorodok, Ukraine in 1922. She recalls attending schools in Yanushpolʹ and Tetërka; Soviet authorities destroying the local synagogue; her brother's death during the famine; German invasion; forced labor; forced relocation into dilapidated apartments; non-Jewish friends bringing them food; escaping a mass shooting in September 1941 with assistance from non-Jews; hiding for two days; learning her parents had survived; slave labor clearing snow from roads; she and her father escaping liquidation of all the Jews in a mass killing (her mother was killed); a friend hiding them; traveling to small villages and hiding with non-Jews; moving to Popovka during the German retreat; separation from her father; liberation by Soviet troops; return to Raygorodok; reunion with her father; marriage to a veteran; her sons' births; living in Berdychiv; encounters with Ukrainian collaborators; and choosing not to participate in a recent war crime trial (the man was executed). Ms. Y. emphasizes the many good people who risked their lives to save them and notes sharing her story with her sons.