Arie T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3771)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- November 11, 1994 and March 30 and May 2, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Arie T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3771). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Arie T., who was born in Švenčionėliai, Poland (presently Lithuania) in 1926, the youngest of three brothers. He recounts attending Yiddish school; anti-Jewish violence; Soviet occupation; his brothers' fleeing to the Soviet Union; German invasion; his father's murder in a mass killing; round-up with his mother, aunt, and uncle to the Polygon; his mother pushing him to join another child being taken away (everyone else was killed in a mass shooting); living with relatives in the Švenčionys ghetto; a visit by Abba Kovner; contact with Yitzhak Arad; transfer to the Kovno ghetto, then the Vilna ghetto with assistance from Moshe Gordin, head of the Švenčionys Judenrat; non-Jews hiding him and two cousins; returning to the ghetto; living in an orphanage; transfer to Vivikoni; slave labor repairing train tracks; frequent beatings; transfer by ship from Tallinn to Stutthof; prisoners throwing kapos overboard; friends helping him recover from beatings; transfer to Buchenwald in late 1944; hospitalization; joining a Polish prisoner group to escape selection; returning to the Jewish barracks; hiding in a sewer during selections; joining Polish non-Jewish prisoners upon emerging; liberation by United States troops; working as a translator for the Soviets; participating in arrests of SS; brief imprisonment for suspected collaboration; traveling to Vilnius; a cousin informing him of one brother's death and warning him to flee; joining a Deror kibbutz in Vilna; finding his other brother in Łódź; moving to Eschwege displaced persons camp; emigration to Israel in 1949; marriage; and the birth of twins. Mr. T. describes visiting Vilnius; helping to organize monuments at the Polygon and where his father had been killed; and nightmares resulting from his experience. He shows photographs.