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Reuven C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3747)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3747

Videotape testimony of Reuven C., who was born in 1924 in Lakhva, Poland (presently Belarus), one of six children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; his father's poor health; his mother's strength; attending cheder; Soviet occupation in 1939; attending a Soviet school; cessation of most Jewish life; evacuation of one brother and one sister; German invasion; establishment of a Judenrat; his father's death; ghettoization; forced labor outside the ghetto; an unsuccessful escape attempt resulting in a severe beating; contacts with partisans; learning trenches were dug for a mass killing in September 1942; Jews setting the ghetto on fire; his mother pushing him away (all of his family were killed); escaping with others to a swamp; a lumberjack assisting them; joining a partisan group; actions against Germans; suffering from cold and hunger; moving often; helping obtain supplies from locals; joining the Soviet military; being wounded near Germany; hospitalization in Vilnius for four months; rejoining his unit; actions in several German locations; suffering from his wound; hospitalization; demobilization; returning to Lakhva; reunion with one brother; joining their sister in Oral; all of them moving to Pinsk; marriage; the births of two daughters; and emigration to Israel with his family in 1991. Mr. C. discusses marking the mass grave in Lakhva after the war, and insomnia resulting from his experiences. He shows photographs.

C., Reuven, 1924-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
April 6 and June 1, 1995.
Lakhva (Belarus)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Pinsk (Belarus)
Oral (Kazakhstan)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Reuven C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3747). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.