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Samuel R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4167)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4167

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.

Author/Creator
R., Samuel, 1926-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
Interview Date
March 2 and March 9, 2000.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
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.