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Chaia B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3783)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3783

Videotape testimony of Chaia B., who was born in Lakhva, Poland (presently Belarus) in 1924, one of eight children. She recounts her family's relative affluence and orthodoxy; participating in a Zionist youth group with her sisters; one brother's emigration to Palestine in 1933; Soviet occupation; attending a Soviet school; confiscation of her father's store; German invasion; her brother's capture while fighting in the Polish army; his escape and return; her father's assignment to the Judenrat, led by Dov Lopatin, which met at their home; her father's resignation; her father secretly trading for food with non-Jews and supplying it to others; ghettoization in 1942; forced labor; her brothers organizing resistance with Itshak Rokhchin; escaping during the ghetto uprising; joining a partisan unit with her brother and other escapees; building a forest bunker; conflicts with antisemitic partisans; her brother avenging their family's murders through actions against Germans and collaborators; his death on a mission; liberation by Soviet troops in Luninets; returning home; visiting her brothers' graves in Lakhva; returning to Luninets; marriage; working in a Soviet field hospital; following the front to Świebodzin; traveling to Łódź; traveling illegally to Berlin, then Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; illegal emigration to Palestine on the Exodus; capture by the British; being returned to France; transfer to Pöppendorf, Sengwarden, then Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camps; legal emigration to Palestine; reunion with her brother; and the births of two daughters. Ms. B. notes learning of the killing of her parents and several siblings. She shows photographs.

B., Chaia, 1924-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
June 8, 1995 and June 13, 1995.
Lakhva (Belarus)
Luninets (Belarus)
Świebodzin (Województwo Lubuskie, Poland)
Berlin (Germany)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Chaia B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3783). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.