Ben L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4431) interviewed by Susan Millen and Rachel Wizner
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2010
- Interview Date
- April 26, 2010.
- 3 copies: DV Cam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ben L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4431). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ben L., who was born in Vilna, Poland (presently Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1928, the youngest of three children. He recounts attending a Hebrew-speaking school and a Tarbut school; the arrival of many Polish refugees after the onset of war; delivering food to some of the refugees, including Menachem Begin; Soviet occupation; his brother's participation in the Irgun; his father's non-Jewish associate encouraging them to flee; hiding in the associate's cellar outside Vilna for a few weeks; returning home; fleeing with his family to his paternal grandparents' home in Belarus; his sister's return to Vilna; smuggling himself into the ghetto for visits; his mother's return to the ghetto, while his father remained hiding in the forest; leaving with his sister and her boyfriend to join his brother in the partisans (his parents remained in the ghetto); learning his brother had been killed prior to their arrival; the arrival of Abba Kovner and his group; serving as a courier between partisan units; the arrival of Soviet troops; fighting Germans in the streets; learning his parents had been beaten to death by Poles after the war when returning to Vilna from hiding in a forest; leaving to emigrate to Israel per Kovner's decision; traveling to Lida, Chernivt︠s︡i, then Odesa; imprisonment by Soviet authorities for several months; traveling to Milan; joining an Irgun group; transfer to Naples; and emigration to Israel in May 1948, then to the United States in 1967. Mr. L. shows photographs.