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Moshe B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1582) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Kathy Strochlic

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1582

Videotape testimony of Moshe B., who was born in a Polish town (presently Belarus) in 1920. He recalls Soviet occupation; German invasion; an aborted escape attempt; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; planning resistance or escape with other young people; the ghetto leadership informing them they would jeopardize everyone, so ceasing their efforts; forced labor; some of his family's escape from the ghetto's liquidation (his father remained with his sick sister and they perished); hiding his mother, sister, and brother with a non-Jewish farmer; joining the partisans; his family leaving the farm when it became too dangerous, and hiding in bunkers in swamps and forests; bringing them food; many actions against Germans and local police; learning of Jews who were killed by antisemitic partisans; liberation by Soviet troops in July 1944; draft into the Soviet military; front line service in Germany; return to Russia; demobilization; escaping with his family to Poland, then with Beriḥah to displaced persons camps in Austria; emigration to the United States; and marriage in 1952. He notes his mother lived with him until her death in 1983; involvement in Jewish and charitable causes; and his daughter discovering his father's image in a 1932 film of his hometown.

Author/Creator
B., Moshe, 1920-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
May 22, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moshe B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1582). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295695
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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