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Yasha M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3562)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3562

Videotape testimony of Yasha M., who was born in Szczuczyn, Poland (presently Shchuchyn, Belarus) in 1920. He recounts attending school in Vilna; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; Soviet occupation; being sent to Lida to work in a factory; German invasion; fleeing with a friend to Baranovichy; traveling on a train with other Jews to the Warsaw ghetto; escaping; returning to Szczuczyn via Hrodna; forced agricultural labor; a round-up and mass killing of the Jews (he, his father and stepmother were selected for work); transfer to Lida in May 1942; working as a carpenter; escaping to the forest; local villagers hiding and assisting him; joining a group of non-Jewish partisans; participating in skirmishes; battles with Polish partisans; capturing Geranony; recruiting Jews from the Szczuczyn ghetto; a Soviet officer taking command of his unit; sabotaging bridges and trains; confiscating supplies from villages that cooperated with the Germans; briefly joining the Bielski brigade; hospitalization for typhus; his unit joining a Soviet military group; assignment to the factory in Lida where he had previously worked; learning his family had been deported to Sobibor and killed; traveling to Łódź en route to Palestine; contact with Yitzhak Zuckerman; working with refugees in Rome; marriage; and illegal emigration to Palestine in 1948.

Author/Creator
M., Yasha, 1920-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
July 23, 1993.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Belarus
Shchuchyn
Lida
Shchuchyn (Belarus)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Lida (Belarus)
Baranavichy (Belarus)
Hrodna (Belarus)
Geranony (Belarus)
Łódź (Poland)
Palestine
Rome (Italy)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yasha M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3562). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.