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Sam F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-582) interviewed by Emanuel Landau and Susanna Neuman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-582

Videotape testimony of Sam F., who was born in Dokshit︠s︡y, Belarus. (then Poland) in 1913. He recalls his family; attending yeshiva; work in his uncle's bakery at age fourteen; his sister's emigration to Palestine; attempts to join her; membership in a Vilna zionist organization; conflicts between Lithuania and Poland in Vilna; a pogrom; his escape to Ilʹi︠a︡; service in the Polish army; and the German invasion. He recalls a mass killing in March 1942; hiding; ghettoization; another mass killing; escape to the woods; hiding with a farmer, then in the forests for six months; joining the partisans with the farmer's help; bombing German trains in Vileyka; helping Jews in Baranovichi; two and a half years with the partisans; antisemitic treatment by partisans; and joining the Soviet army in Minsk in June 1944. He relates working as a translator in Berlin; discharge in 1946; attempts to contact his mother in Palestine; meeting his wife; their escape to Berlin; life in displaced persons camps; his daughter's birth; emigration to Palestine in 1949; his second daughter's birth; service in the Israeli army in the 1956 Sinai campaign; and emigration to the United States in 1959. Mr. F. contrasts oppression in the ghetto to activity with the partisans.

Author/Creator
F., Sam, 1913-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
May 5, 1985.
Locale
Belarus
Ilʹi︠a︡.
Soviet Union
Berlin (Germany)
Minsk (Belarus)
Baranavichy (Belarus)
Vileĭka (Minskai︠a︡ voblastsʹ, Belarus)
Dokshytsy (Belarus)
Israel
Ilʹi︠a︡ (Byelorussian S.S.R.)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Poland
Language
Hebrew
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sam F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-582). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/989904
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