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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.

Author/Creator
Y., Shlomo, 1917-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
June 26, 1992 and July 10, 1992.
Locale
Lithuania
Vilnius
Russia
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Hrodna (Belarus)
Rome (Italy)
Innsbruck (Austria)
Cyprus
Palestine
Language
Hebrew
Copies
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.