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Anna S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2274) interviewed by Zelda Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2274

Videotape testimony of Anna S., who was born in Podkamenʹ, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1923, one of eight children. She recalls attending school; Soviet occupation; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; joining her boyfriend to work on a village mayor's farm; hiding in the woods with her father, brothers, boyfriend, and other relatives; digging a bunker for the winter; their discovery; building another bunker in a different location; working for farmers in the spring; building another bunker; becoming ill; her brother leaving to obtain medication; announcing when he returned that the Soviets had liberated the area; returning to Podkamenʹ; retreating to Pochaïv; the men joining the Soviet military; traveling with the woman and elderly to Z︠H︡ytomyr; obtaining food from the Red Cross; her future husband's release since he was not fit for battle; traveling with him to Rivne, Dubno, then Bytom; their marriage in November 1945; traveling with Beriḥah to Germany; living in Pocking displaced persons camp; assistance from UNRRA and the Red Cross; contacting her aunt in the United States; and emigration to join her in 1949, with assistance from HIAS. Ms. S. discusses extreme hardship hiding in the forest for three years; their inability to help wandering orphaned children; the impossibility of conveying the reality of her experiences to non-survivors; and gratitude to her husband, to whom she attributes her survival.

Author/Creator
S., Anna, 1923-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1992
Interview Date
August 25, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anna S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2274). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.