Ze'ev R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3763)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
- Interview Date
- March 7, 1996 and March 14, 1996.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ze'ev R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3763). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ze'ev R., who was born in Manevichi, Poland (presently Prilesnoye, Ukraine) in 1923, one of two children. He recounts attending Polish public school, then gymnasium in Lʹviv; Soviet occupation in September 1939; he and his sister attending a Soviet school; German invasion in June 1941; hiding with Ukrainian neighbors; other Ukrainians stealing their possessions; hiding in a Ukrainian friend's barn; leaving his family to escape to the forest with a group; joining a partisan group; learning that his family had been shot in a mass killing; receiving food from a family friend; blowing up railway lines; lack of sanitation and lice infestation in the partisan camps; executing those who had murdered Jews; attacking German convoys; taking no German prisoners (they killed them all); destroying a railroad water tower in Kamenʹ-Kashirskiy; obtaining ammunition from Soviet airdrops near Luninets; traveling to Zdulbunov; battles with Bandera units; liberation by Soviet troops; visiting the mass grave where his parents and sister had been killed; finishing high school; registering for university in Kiev; traveling to Poland, then to Milan, via Czechoslovakia and Austria with assistance from Beriḥah; illegal emigration to Palestine; and his career in the Israeli Air Force. Mr. R. discusses many partisan battles; placing Jewish women, children, and elderly in a forest camp near their partisan unit; and partisan camaraderie as well as conflicts between partisan groups. He shows his war medals.