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Mikhail B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3297) interviewed by Faina Vinocurova and B.M. Zabarko

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3297

Videotape testimony of Mikhail B., who was born in Tulʹchin, Ukraine in 1927. He recalls a happy childhood; his observant home; German invasion; the draft of most men into the Soviet military; his father staying to dismantle factory machinery; arrival of German troops; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; deportation to Peciora about a month later; mass shootings of young men; starvation and beatings; his younger brother and father dying; escaping with friends at night to obtain food for his mother and sister; being caught; being locked up and beaten in Brat︠s︡lav, then Vyshkove; surviving because one guard brought them food and sent them back to Peciora; continuing to escape at night (they would have starved since no food was supplied); liberation by Soviet troops in 1944; returning home with his mother and sister;, marriage in 1952; and his career and education. Mr. B. discusses surviving due to his faith, determination to supply food for his mother and sister, and local non-Jews who gave him food during his nightly escapes; his lost childhood; and present activities to memorialize the Holocaust and help survivors. He shows camp buildings and several monuments.

B., Mikhail, 1927-
Tulʹchin and Peciora (Concentration camp), Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 13, 1994.
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mikhail B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3297). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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