Sheima L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3616) interviewed by Ina Gurary
- Minsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 8, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sheima L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3616). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sheima L., who was born in Grodno, Russia (now Hrodna, Belarus) in 1912. He recalls moving to Kirovohrad when World War I began; his father's death; a pogrom; returning to Grodno (then in Poland); the deaths of two sisters; living in an orphanage with another sister; attending a Jewish boarding school; military draft; German invasion; serving in Vilnius; capture by Soviets; returning to Skidelʹ seeking his wife and daughter; their return together to Grodno; Soviet occupation; recall into the military; German invasion; capture; escape to Grodno in August 1941; ghettoization; mass killings and public hangings; escape from a round-up; return to the ghetto; slave labor in a factory; deportation to the Białystok ghetto; return to Grodno; sensing his wife and daughter had been killed in a round-up when he had escaped; transfer to prison in Białystok; slave labor disinterring and burning bodies from German mass killings; saving a friend by telling a guard she was his sister; escaping; encountering Soviet troops; and serving in the Soviet military. Mr. L. notes a book was published with his story ("The Brenners from Bialystok," in The Black Book).