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Shlomo Y. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3432)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3432

Videotape testimony of Shlomo Y., who was born in Vilna, Russia (presently Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1917, one of three children. He recounts working in Hrodna; returning to Vilnius in 1937; brief Soviet occupation; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; mass killings at Ponary (he worked nearby and observed the piles of corpses, including his sister, her husband, and infant); ghettoization; working outside the ghetto; sneaking out to avoid round-ups and to buy food; arrest by a German; two friends being killed when they protested his arrest; a Jewish official securing his release; arrest by ghetto police for smuggling; release; contact with Yiżḣak Wittenberg; escaping with his wife and others; joining the partisans; destroying rail and phone lines; interrogating German prisoners; liberating Vilnius with Soviet troops; searching for collaborators; fleeing with his wife to a displaced persons camp in Austria; traveling to Innsbruck, then Rome; boarding an illegal ship for Palestine; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus; escape; and serving in the Israeli army.

Y., Shlomo, 1917-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
June 26, 1992 and July 10, 1992.
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shlomo Y. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3432). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.