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Murray B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-960) interviewed by Sally Moskowitz and Michael Moskowitz,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-960

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Murray B., who was born in Vselub, Byelorussian in 1912. He recalls his large family; attending Yeshiva (his parents wanted him to become a rabbi); the June 1941 German invasion; escape (he never saw his family again) to Nowogródek, then a nearby village, then the woods; hearing the shooting of Jews in a mass killing; hiding alone in the forest from December 1941 to March 1942; aid received from farmers; thinking he was the last remaining Jew; smuggling himself into the Nowogródek ghetto on a farmer's advice; round-ups; mass killings; and forced labor. Mr. B. describes escaping with others to the forests; joining Tuviah Bielski's Jewish partisans; two years of sabotage and battles with Germans; difficulties obtaining supplies, caring for children, and with wild animals; joining Soviet forces in 1944; moving to Nowogródek, then Lublin; contacts with the Joint and organizers of the illegal Palestine immigration; travel to Italy en route to Palestine; marrying a woman he had met in the partisans; and emigration to join his brother in Springfield, Massachusetts. He discusses adjustment difficulties; building a new family; postwar Polish pogroms; and his quest for an answer to why these events occurred, particularly the murder of more than one million children.
    Author/Creator
    B., Murray, 1912-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
    Interview Date
    November 21, 1987.
    Locale
    Belarus
    Navahrudak
    Poland
    Navahrudak (Belarus)
    Italy
    Lublin (Poland)
    Vseli︠u︡b (Belarus)
    Cite As
    Murray B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-960). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Moskowitz, Michael, interviewer.
    Moskowitz, Sally, interviewer.
    Notes
    Additional written materials are available in the repository.
    Additional written material is available in the repository.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (55 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hiding.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Partisans.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/996998
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:25:00
    This page:
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