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Leyba E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1931) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1931

Videotape testimony of Leyba E., who was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1919. He recounts abandonment by his father when he was two; attending Jewish schools, then a technical school; never attending synagogue or celebrating Jewish holidays, though knowing about them; working in Borodyanka; marriage; German invasion in 1941; fleeing through the Soviet Union; living with his wife, mother, and brother in Bugurusland; military draft; participating in breaking the siege of Leningrad (Saint Petersburg); being wounded in January 1943; hospitalization in Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk); demobilization and returning to his family in Bugurusland in May; his son's birth in February 1944; their transfer to work near Kharkiv; returning to Kiev after the war; learning all their family members were killed at Babi Yar; meeting a few Jews who were hidden by Ukrainians; his daughter's birth in 1949; pervasive antisemitism; his son's emigration to the United States in 1980; his wife's death; and joining his son in the U.S. with his daughter and her family (his brother and family emigrated to Israel). He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
E., Leyba, 1919-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage Video History Project, 1992 .
Interview Date
January 13, 1992.
Language
Yiddish
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leyba E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1931). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.