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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.

P., Boris, 1929-
Slutsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 3, 1995.
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.