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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.

F., Sam, 1913-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
May 5, 1985.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Sam F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-582). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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