Abraham H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4180)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
- Interview Date
- October 26, and November 2 and 9, 2000.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Abraham H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4180). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Abraham H., who was born in approximately 1925 and grew up in Skhidnyt︠s︡i︠a︡, Poland (presently Ukraine), the younger of two brothers. He recounts attending public and religious schools; antisemitic harassment by Poles and Ukranians; attending gymnasium in Drohobycz; participating in a Zionist youth group; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; his father fleeing; hiding with his mother and brother to avoid anti-Jewish violence; joining relatives in Boryslav; round-ups and mass killings; ghettoization; forced labor; sexual harassment by a German; Baptists bringing them food at night; his brother moving to the Drohobych ghetto for a privileged position, then providing them with extra food; smuggling his mother to the Drohobych ghetto; assignment to the Boryslav concentration camp; escaping a mass killing in February 1943; assignment to a factory; a severe beating; joining other prisoners planning an escape; learning his brother had been killed; obtaining a gun; escaping; joining a group; building bunkers in which to live; being wounded while seeking food; his group caring for him; avoiding Bandera units who were killing Jews; liberation by Soviet troops; attending school; moving to Lʹviv to attend technical school; and reunion with his father, who had remarried and had a child. Mr. H. discusses his lost childhood; painful memories of his mother's death; and he, his wife, and son building a monument in a cemetery in Ukraine. He shows photographs.