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Shoshana B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3865)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3865

Videotape testimony of Shoshana B., who was born in Belz, Ukraine in 1933, the younger of two sisters. She recounts her family's relative affluence; Soviet occupation; her family joining grandparents in Radekhiv; attending a Jewish school; German invasion; hiding during round-ups; her father's murder; she, her mother, and sister burying him in the cemetery; her sister volunteering for forced labor using false papers as a Pole; being hidden with non-Jews; leaving to return to her mother; hiding with her mother under a cow shed for eighteen months; a Jewish man joining them (he was armed); being moved to another barn; the Jewish man killing a German; hiding in a bunker; capture; transfer to Kamenka, then the Lʹviv ghetto; transfer to Płaszów, Auschwitz/ Birkenau, then Bergen-Belsen; her mother sharing extra food; liberation by British troops; hospitalization; their transfer to Helsingborg via Lübeck; recuperating in Kongaö; learning her sister had survived; traveling to Marseille; emigration to Palestine in May 1946; her sister joining them; marriage; and the births of three children. Ms. B. discusses testifying in a war crimes trial in Stuttgart. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
B., Shoshana, 1933-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
November 7 and November 15, 1996.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shoshana B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3865). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.