Leah P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3632)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- January 18, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leah P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3632). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leah P., who was born in Rafalivka, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1918, one of five children. She recounts the deaths of her father and one brother; another brother's emigration to Argentina; attending an ORT school in Kovelʹ for three years; returning home; increasing antisemitism in the 1930s; participating in Hashomer Hatzair and Betar; marriage in 1939; Soviet occupation; her son's birth in 1940; German invasion; fleeing to the forest with her son; a local German hiding them; returning home; ghettoization; a Ukrainian guard helping her mother, son, and sister escape; her sister's capture; hiding with non-Jews (they had to leave after several weeks); her mother returning home to look for valuables, her capture, and murder; living with non-Jews in several villages; her husband sending for her and her son (her sisters remained behind); hiding with non-Jews on the “Aryan” side, then with villagers; joining a partisan unit; working as a cook; hiding with a non-Jewish family (the partisans provided food); returning to Rafalivka, then crossing into Soviet territory; and traveling to Kiev and Bila T︠S︡erkva, where they found work. Ms. P. notes learning after the war that her two sisters had been killed.