Samuel R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4167)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
- Interview Date
- March 2 and March 9, 2000.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Samuel R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4167). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Samuel R., who was born in Kaunus, Lithuania in 1926, the youngest of six children. He recounts his sister's death; cordial relations with non-Jews; summering with relatives in Veliouna; one brother's emigration to Palestine in 1935; taking art courses; Soviet occupation; German invasion; fleeing to Veivis; returning home via Rumšiškės; Lithuanian collaborators taking his uncle and a brother; ghettoization; round-ups; one brother working at the airport; his father's death from a heart attack in December 1941; employment painting signs for the Judenrat; leaving the ghetto to obtain food from Lithuanian acquaintances; arrest; six weeks imprisonment; release; joining Haim Yelin's underground group; Yelin's arrest; escaping; joining partisans in Žagarinė; being attacked by other partisan groups; fighting with Jewish partisans in the Rudniki forest; blowing up trains; being wounded by German soldiers; assistance from Lithuanians; hiding with Russian villagers; locating another partisan group; treatment by a partisan doctor; hospitalization in Moscow; traveling to Vilnius; draft into the Soviet army; demobilization; studying art in St. Petersburg; reunion with his mother when she visited Vilnius in 1963; and emigration to Israel in 1974. Mr. R. discusses one brother's death in the partisans and receiving a Soviet medal for his partisan activities. He shows his sketches depicting wartime experiences, and photographs.