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Devorah S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4109) interviewed by Susan Millen and Sara Moss Herz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4109

Videotape testimony of Devorah S., who was born in Paberžė, Lithuania in 1922, one of six children of a rabbi. She recalls moving to Myadzyel; attending gymnasium in Vilnius; marriages of older siblings; Soviet occupation in 1939; she and her sister becoming teachers; attending summer school in Maladzechna; German invasion; returning home; her father encouraging them to run away; he and her brother being murdered in a mass shooting in 1942; she and her sister burying him and others; forced labor; escaping toward the forests; a non-Jewish acquaintance hiding them briefly; escaping with her mother, sister, and sister's two children to a partisan unit; leaving them to obtain food; working in a Soviet unit kitchen; a German attack; escaping to a swamp; reorganizing for the winter; increasing attacks on partisan Germans; assistance from partisans from Vilnius in 1944; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; reunion with her mother and sisters; teaching from fall 1944 to spring 1945; marriage; traveling with her family to join an uncle in Paris; emigration with her husband to the United States in 1947; and presently living in Israel. Mrs. S. discusses details of partisan life and raising her children as orthodox Jews. She shows photographs and documents.

S., Devorah, 1922-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2001
Interview Date
June 27, 2001.
Paberžė (Vilniaus apskritis, Lithuania)
Myadzyel (Belarus)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Maladzechna (Belarus)
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Devorah S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4109). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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