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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-960

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.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Murray B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-960). 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/996998
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