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Arkadii T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3597) interviewed by Irina Trampolski and Arkadiĭ Shulʹman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3597

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    Overview

    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Arkadii T., who was born in Smilovichi, Belarus in 1928. He recalls a fun-filled childhood, despite poverty; his family's orthodoxy; German invasion in 1941; his father's arrest (he was killed in a mass shooting); hiding during a round-up; watching his family leave their house; hearing constant shooting as the Jews were killed, including his mother, sister, and grandparents; local police participation in the killings; traveling to the Minsk ghetto; smuggling food; forced labor in a neighboring village; a German solider warning him of impending round-ups; leaving the ghetto and wandering in villages during the round-ups; joining Shalom Zorin's unit of Jewish partisans in May 1943; escaping an ambush by Polish partisans who were formerly in his detachment (eleven of his colleagues were murdered); fierce fighting with retreating German forces; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Minsk; joining the Soviet military; reaching Berlin with Soviet forces; returning to Smilovichi; wanting to shoot a former policeman who had aided the Germans (but he had no gun); marriage in 1948; military draft in 1951; the births of three children (his daughter died in 1975); and visiting massacre sites in Smilovichi with his children.
    Author/Creator
    T., Arkadii, 1928-
    Published
    Minsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
    Interview Date
    August 1, 1995.
    Locale
    Belarus
    Minsk
    Soviet Union
    Smilavichy (Belarus)
    Minsk (Belarus)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Arkadii T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3597). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Shulʹman, Arkadiĭ, interviewer.
    Trampolski, Irina, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Russian.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Russian
    Copies
    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mass killings.
    Hiding.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Partisans.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291915
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:25:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4291915

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