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Leah P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3632)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3632

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.

P., Leah, 1918-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
January 18, 1994.
Rafalivka (Manevyt︠s︡ʹkyĭ raĭon, Ukraine)
Kovelʹ (Ukraine)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Bila T︠S︡erkva (Ukraine)
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.