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Boris P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3603) interviewed by Vitali Zaika

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3603

Videotape testimony of Boris P., who was born in Slutsk, Belarus in 1929, the second of four sons. He recalls his father's Communist Party membership; attending Jewish, Belorussian, and Russian schools; visiting relatives in Lyakhovichi; German invasion in June 1941; his father's mobilization (he never saw him again); his older brother's escape; public shootings of Jews; a policeman warning them of a mass killing; hiding with his father's non-Jewish friend; ghettoization; a mass killing including his grandmother; the policeman placing his family in a barrack for non-Jewish workers; one younger brother's death; escaping to another ghetto; his mother connecting with local workers during forced labor; their escape in fall 1942 with assistance from his mother's local fellow-worker; hiding with her relatives in Pukovo; his mother receiving identity papers from them as a non-Jew; joining Jewish partisans in a nearby forest; encirclement by Germans in November; escaping to the Pripet Marshes; moving often within the Kapylʹski region; assistance from villagers; capture by Germans in spring 1944; non-Jews in Kalinovka effecting their release; continuing to hide in the forest; liberation by Soviet troops in July 1944; returning home; learning most of their relatives had been killed; and Soviet military draft in 1949. Mr. P notes commemorating liberation from the fascists with his children and grandchildren, and remembering the victims.

Author/Creator
P., Boris, 1929-
Published
Slutsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 3, 1995.
Locale
Belarus
Slutsk
Soviet Union
Slutsk (Belarus)
Lyakhovichi (Brestskai︠a︡ voblastsʹ, Belarus)
Pukovo (Belarus)
Pripet Marshes (Belarus and Ukraine)
Kapylʹski rai︠o︡n (Belarus)
Kalinovka (Belarus)
Language
Russian
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Boris P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3603). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.