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Chaim H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4185)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4185

Videotape testimony of Chaim H., who was born in Radziwillow, Poland (presently Radyvyliv, Ukraine) in 1927, one of three children. He recounts attending Jewish and public schools; his family's move to Brody in 1939; Soviet occupation; attending a Russian school; German invasion in 1941; fleeing east; returning home; his father's round-up by Ukrainian SS; observing a mass shooting of Jewish men, including his father; his grandfather's death resulting from being beaten by a German; escaping into the fields during a round-up; hiding with his family; forced labor for Organisation Todt building an airport; ghettoization; escaping; living and working with Ukrainian families as a non-Jew; traveling to Piaksi, then another town; joining a partisan group, then the Soviet Army; attending a driving school in the Soviet Union; learning his brother had survived; a brief reunion with him before his brother's draft into the Soviet military; moving to a Gordonyah kibbutz in Bytom; assisting with illegal emigration to Bari via Bratislava and Vienna; living in Barletta; illegal emigration to Palestine by ship; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus; escape; the Palmaḥ smuggling him into Palestine; serving in the Israel-Arab war; and marriage. Mr. H. discussess his brother's emigration to Israel in 1957; losing his faith due to his experiences, but returning to it after his son was killed in the Yom Kippur war; and a recent visit to the Ukraine.

H., Chaim, 1927-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
Interview Date
November 16, 2000.
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Chaim H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4185). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.