Lazar T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3601) interviewed by Irina Trampolski and Vitali Zaika
- Minsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 2, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Lazar T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3601). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Lazar T., who was born in Uzlyany, Soviet Union (presently Belarus) in 1930, the oldest of four children. He recalls attending a Jewish school that was closed in 1937, then a Belarussian school; observing Jewish holidays within the family; clandestine religious services; German invasion in June 1941; forced relocation to a designated area; slave labor repairing roads; escaping a mass killing with his brother and sister in October 1941; burying his mother and brother who had been killed; being hidden by a peasant, then a former schoolteacher; finding his father; joining relatives in the Minsk ghetto; hiding during mass killings; escaping from a transport to Maly Trostinec; smuggling food; hearing of Jewish resistance; a mass killing in July 1942, including his brother, sister, and cousin; hiding with relatives behind a false wall his father had built; escaping with his father and others in May 1943; joining partisans in a nearby forest; reconnaissance missions; staying with peasants in Myshevichi; hiding in the forest during a German blockade; his father's enlistment in the Soviet army; and attending school. Mr. T. notes partisan acceptance of him and his father, the only Jews in their group; not revealing that he was in a ghetto after the war, fearing accusations of collaboration; erecting a monument at the mass grave in Uzlyany; his children's difficulty believing his experiences; and increasing painful memories of the murders of his mother and siblings.