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Anna S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2514) interviewed by Pamela Gordon

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2514

Videotape testimony of Anna S., who was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1930. She recounts living in Bielsk; not knowing she was Jewish until German invasion; her father's draft into the Soviet army; traveling with her mother to Minsk; fires and chaos; their journey to relatives in Dorogobuzhskiĭ; a brief visit from her father; traveling to Gorky (Nizhniĭ Novgorod) as the Germans advanced, then to Astrakhanʹ; living with a non-Jewish family for one year; German bombings; fleeing to Tashkent; assistance from the Bukharan Jewish community; living in Kattaqurghon; returning to Minsk in 1944; wide-scale destruction; her mother learning that all their relatives were killed; reunion with her father in August 1945; moving to Jūrmala, then Rīga; anti-Russian sentiment from Latvians; not telling her son he was Jewish until he experienced antisemitic incidents in school; deciding to emigrate; moving to Vienna with her husband, then to the United States; and her son joining them after seven years as a "refusenik." Mrs. S. discusses her father's experiences and learning of the Holocaust after the war.

Author/Creator
S., Anna, 1930-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
June 18, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anna S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2514). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.