Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Joshua Fishman - July 13, 1982


Joshua Fishman was born in 1921 in Dubrovytsia (Dombrowitza), Poland. Following the outbreak of war in September 1939, Dubrovytsia was turned into a ghetto and Joshua and his family were placed on a transport to the camps but escaped and hid in the forest. Most of his family was killed while in hiding but Joshua and his mother survived by following a group of partisans. Towards the end of the war Joshua was drafted into the Russian army, which he deserted twice. He was arrested for desertion and served time in a Russian prison. When the war ended, he and his mother moved to the United States.

  1. Introduction
  2. Life Before the War
  3. Relationship with Ukrainians
  4. Death of Siblings
  5. Desire to Move to Palestine
  6. Secular and Religious Education
  7. Start of War
  8. Start of War II
  9. Life Under Occupation
  10. Life Under Occupation II
  11. Ghetto
  12. Life in the Ghetto
  13. Going into Hiding
  14. Attempting to Leave Hiding Place
  15. Violence from Ukrainians
  16. Life in Hiding Wife: He lost his sister then, didn't you?
  17. Brother Gets Injured
  18. Following the Partisans
  19. Debating Joining the Partisans
  20. Falling Ill
  21. Escaping from the Russians
  22. Being Arrested by the Russians
  23. Life After the War
  24. Moving to the United States
  25. Life in the United States
  26. Finding a Job
  27. Sharing Story
  28. Conclusion

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