Jeshajahu P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1740) interviewed by Brana Gurewitsch
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 18, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jeshajahu P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1740). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jeshajahu P., who was born in Stepanʹ, Poland in 1927. In this very detailed testimony, he recalls antisemitic violence; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish regulations; humiliating forced labor; exchanging possessions for food with local farmers; ghettoization in late 1941; leaving valuables with a Polish friend; his father arranging for him to work outside the ghetto; smuggling extra food to his family; his father's and brother's disappearances; having to return to the ghetto; rumors of liquidation; escaping with his mother and sister; hiding with Polish farmers and in forests; connecting with Jews with assistance from Polish partisans; placing his sister with a Polish family; his mother's death from cold and hunger; retrieving his sister when it was warmer; avoiding Ukrainian groups who killed Jews; liberation by Soviet troops; living in Malynsk; traveling to Katowice, Bytom, and Kraków; anti-Jewish violence; assistance from UNRRA and the Joint; traveling to Germany and Italy with a group organizing illegal emigration to Palestine; British interception of their ship; nine-months incarceration in Cyprus; arriving in Palestine in March 1947; and his twenty-year military career. Mr. P. shows photographs.