Asja T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3595) interviewed by Irina Trampolski and Vitali Zaika
- Minsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 1, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Asja T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3595). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Asja T., who was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1917, one of six children. She recalls attending Russian school; a large, extended family; their orthodoxy; her son's birth in 1939; German invasion in 1941; briefly fleeing; ghettoization; her father being caught in a round-up in August 1941 (he was killed); her mother being killed in March 1942; obtaining false papers a year later from a non-Jewish neighbor; escaping with her son; briefly staying with her brother's non-Jewish girlfriend; leaving because she did not want to endanger her rescuers; wandering from place to place, begging for over a year; working for a Polish land owner in Surynty; arrest;ddeportation with her son to Germany for forced labor; liberation by United States troops; staying in Switzerland for four months; returning to Minsk; learning her sister and children had been killed; reunion with her youngest brother (other brothers perished as Soviet soldiers); and her younger sister's survival (her brother's girlfriend hid her). Mrs. T. notes the deaths of most of her extended family during the war. She shows photographs and documents.