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Khaiem D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3624) interviewed by Arkadiĭ Shulʹman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3624

Videotape testimony of Khaiem D., who was born in Starobin, Belarus in 1922. He recalls German invasion in 1941; a brother's birth; a forced march to the Slutsk ghetto in July 1941 during which his infant brother died; forced labor; the Judenrat collecting valuables from the Jews; a mass killing in 1941 (his parents and five siblings were murdered); smuggling food into the ghetto with assistance from non-Jews; joining Soviet POWs in a revolt in February 1942; escape with his sister; joining the partisans; military actions, including one in Pogost when his older brother was killed; rescuing Jews during the uprising in the Lakhva ghetto; helping Jews escape from Slutsk; joining the Soviet army in July 1944; discharge in Luninet︠s︡; and an antisemitic incident after the war. Mr. D. discusses the good relations between Jews and non-Jews in the partisans; receiving medals for his partisan activities; his sense of having avenged his family's murders by killing German soldiers and collaborators; cessation of dreams about the Slutsk ghetto years ago; and pain resulting from injuries received in the ghetto. He recites lyrics of partisan songs.

Author/Creator
D., Khaiem, 1922-
Published
Asipovicyi, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 12, 1995.
Language
Russian
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Khaiem D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3624). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.