Piotr R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3304) interviewed by B. M. Zabarko
- Kiev, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- August 15, 1994.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Piotr R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3304). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Piotr R., who was born in Drahichyn, Poland (presently Belarus) in 1923, one of six children. He recounts living in Mokraya Dubrova; attending school in Lahishyn and Pinsk; his family moving to Pinsk in 1938; German invasion; Soviet occupation; one brother's draft into the Soviet military; German invasion in 1941; brief evacuation with two brothers; a mass shooting in which two brothers were murdered; ghettoization; his German supervisor's offer to help him; liquidation of the ghetto in October 1942 (his remaining family was killed); his supervisor giving him false papers; traveling to Kiev in a train for Germans; briefly staying in Rivne; finding a job and living quarters; avoiding work assignments to Germany; liberation by Soviet troops in 1944; and reunion with one brother who had been in the Soviet military. Mr. R. discusses difficulties resulting from his false papers (he was officially designated Jewish again in 1956); opposition from Soviets in acknowledging his German rescuers; sharing his experience with his children and grandchildren; recurring dreams of his murdered family; and his yearly trip to his family home after twenty years of not being able to summon the courage to go there.