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Frances B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-959) interviewed by Michael Moskowitz and Sally Moskowitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-959

Videotape testimony of Frances B., who was born in Lublin, Poland in 1918. Mrs. B. tells of a family move to Korelitz; religious homelife; increasing antisemitism; Zionist youth group membership; attempts to emigrate to Palestine or South Africa; Soviet occupation; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization; round-up of young men who were killed in Nowogródek; forced labor; her mother's death from beating; transfer with her family to Nowogródek; the murder of 4,000 on August 7, 1942; and her last meeting with her father. She describes hiding in a cesspool six days with her sister and sister-in-law; hearing children cry and prisoners being beaten (she dreams about this even today); meeting her brother; cleaning themselves; their escape; joining the Bielski brothers' partisan unit; life in the forest with some 1,200 Jews; sabotage against Germans; winter in bunkers; and liberation by Soviet forces after two years. Mrs. B. recalls finding her friend's child who had been hidden in Nowogródek; travel to Romania directed by Brichah; organizing a kibbutz; travel to Italy; emigration to the United States in 1947; and her brother's poor health resulting from their experiences. She discusses her inability to be observant and to understand why so many innocents were Holocaust victims, as well as Yiddish poetry she writes.

Author/Creator
B., Frances, 1918-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
November 21, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frances B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-959). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/994999
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