Shalom Y. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1731) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,
Videotape testimony of Shalom Y., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1924, the younger of two brothers. He recalls moving to Raciąż; attending Hebrew school; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; fleeing to Płońsk, then Gąbin; returning home; anti-Jewish restrictions; fleeing a round-up with assistance from the mayor and an ex-employee; staying with relatives in Płońsk, then moving to Warsaw; escaping to Soviet-occupied Białystok in January 1940; joining relatives in Rivne, then Ashmi︠a︡ny; moving to Smarhonʹ; German invasion; fleeing to Kurenet︠s︡; contacts with escaped Soviet POWs and forming a resistance group; escaping with his brother to a forest during a round-up in fall 1942 (he never saw his parents again); building a bunker for the winter; forming a Jewish partisan group in April 1943; Soviet assistance and orders to blow up trains, attack Germans, etc.; executing German prisoners; liberation in July 1944; traveling to Minsk; conscription with his brother into the Soviet military; transfer to the Polish army; first learning of gas chambers; briefly returning home; protecting other Jews from violent attacks; advancing to Dresden in May 1945; discharge; traveling to Kraków, then Graz displaced persons camp via Prague and Budapest; illegal emigration to Palestine via Italy and Port Said (his brother remained in Paris); and emigration to the United States in 1978. Mr. Y. notes he, his brother, and relatives in Israel are the sole survivors of his large extended family. He shows photographs.
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 5, 1990.
Raciąż (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Rivne (Rivnensʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Port Said (Egypt)
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Shalom Y. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1731). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.