Still image from Rabbi and Mrs. Yechiel F. Holocaust testimony, December 6, 1990.
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Yechiel F. & Feiga F. testimony 1990 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

Object IDYFFF9012_01_VA
Date of Recording06 December 1990

InterviewerKrell, Robert
Duration2h 2m 0.0s
SynopsisFeiga F. was born in Alsėdžiai, Lithuania in 1919. She recalls her eight siblings and describes her family life. She explains wanting to emigrate to Palestine against her father's wishes. She recalls the Soviet occupation of her town. Feiga recalls meeting her husband (Yechiel) and their marriage in April 1941. She recalls the German invasion. She describes being left to run her family’s factory after most of the town’s Jews were rounded up for deportation. Feiga recalls how the local priest arranged for her family to go into hiding in the attic of a house. She describes the living conditions of fourteen people and two babies in hiding. She recalls how they had to leave when workers on the property became suspicious. She describes giving up one baby to the owner of the house and subsequently learning the baby died. Feiga describes their additional efforts at hiding by building bunkers. She recalls the town’s liberation by Soviet troops. She describes an interview by Ilya Ėrenburg. Feiga reflects on her mother's death. She discusses fleeing to Austria to escape communism and their decision to emigrate to the United States in 1946.

Yechiel F. was born in Rubiazhevichy, Russia (presently Rubiezewicze, Belarus) in 1911. He recalls his seven siblings and family life. He recalls experiencing antisemitic violence as a child and attending yeshiva in Vilnius, Lithuania. He explains how he had to move to a more rural area since he was in Lithuania illegally. Yechiel recalls meeting his wife (Feiga). He discusses serving as a rabbi to a congregation in New York after they emigrated. They both discuss sharing their story with their children and grandchildren when they were older. They discuss testifying on behalf of the man who saved them when he was being persecuted by the Soviets after the war. They discuss honoring him as a Righteous Among the Nations through Yad Vashem. Feiga and Yechiel reflect on the importance of teaching future generations about the Holocaust.
Other Holding InstitutionsFortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (repository)
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.