Hanoch V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3868)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
- Interview Date
- November 8, 1996.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hanoch V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3868). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hanoch V., who was born in Vilna, Poland (presently Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1920, the oldest of five children. He recounts attending a Jewish school; antisemitic harassment; working in a leather store; active participation in Hashomer Hatzair (Abba Kovner was his group's leader); Lithuanian independence; fleeing briefly to relatives in Lida and Maladzechna; returning home; German invasion; killing of Jews; fleeing to Ashmi︠a︡ny; returning when he was caught; ghettoization; forced labor in a dairy factory; smuggling food; obtaining a pistol; participating in the organized resistance; contacts with Yiżḣak Wittenberg; hiding in a bunker with his family for two months; discovery; escape to the forest; joining the partisans; battles with Germans and the Armia Krajowa; executing captured German soldiers; cooperating with Soviet partisans; liberation by Soviet troops; assignment to locate war criminals in Kaliningrad; returning home; marriage; the births of two daughters; and emigration to Israel in 1957. Mr. V. notes revenge was one of his motivations in the partisans and postwar period.