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Oral history interview with Lillian Bielsky-Bell

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0026

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Lillian Bielsky-Bell, born on January 13, 1923 in Białystok, Poland, describes her family; her father’s management of a factory that processed old clothes into paper; her family’s move to Lida, Belarus, which was under Russian control until the German invasion in 1941; moving into a ghetto after the Germans invaded Lida; becoming a messenger for the Judenrat; herself and her father, step-mother, and step-brother escaping from the ghetto into the woods in June 1942 to join a group of partisans led by Tuvia Bielski (Bielsky), who later became her husband; surviving with the help of Russian partisans and benevolent peasants; seeing her father, step-mother, and brother getting killed during attacks on the group; remaining in the woods until their liberation in July 1944; traveling with Tuvia throughout Russia, during which period Tuvia was always recognized as a partisan leader; securing passage to Palestine in 1945; and staying in Palestine for eleven years, when the immigrated to the United States.

Interviewee
Lillian Bielsky-Bell
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
1992 June 25  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:47:05
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