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Nechama H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3652)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3652

Videotape testimony of Nechama H., who was born in Stolbt︠s︡y, Poland (presently Stoŭbtsy, Belarus) in 1924, the oldest of six children. She recounts her father owning a factory; antisemitic harassment; moving to Lyakhovichi; her father opening a factory in a forest; attending gymnasium in Baranavichy; Soviet occupation; attending a Soviet/school; expropriation of her father's factory; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father and brother receiving permits to operate their factory; escaping with her three-year-old sister from a round-up; a non-Jewish woman hiding them; returning to her mother and siblings, who had also hidden; ghettoization; her father obtaining permission to bring them to the factory; hiding in a bunker; her capture and return to the ghetto; escaping with the help of a policeman; finding her family (they had built a forest bunker); her father's Polish friend helping them (he was hiding other Jews); attacks by partisans; frequently changing locations; assistance from a Jewish partisan group; her brother being wounded when guiding the Jewish partisans; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; traveling to Łódź, then Germany; marriage in 1946; illegal emigration to Palestine via Italy; British interdiction; incarceration on Cyprus; release three months later; and the rest of her family joining her after statehood. Ms. H. discusses a recent visit to relatives in Minsk, the places she lived, and the memorials, and notes everything had changed.

H., Nechama, 1924-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993 and 1994
Interview Date
December 13, 1993, and January 18, 1994.
Stoŭbtsy (Minskai︠a︡ voblastsʹ, Belarus)
Li︠a︡khavichy (Brestskai︠a︡ voblastsʹ, Belarus)
Baranavichy (Belarus)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nechama H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3652). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.