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Michael G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1880) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Sara Moss Herz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1880

Videotape testimony of Michael G., who was born in Kurenet︠s︡, Poland (now Byelorussia) in 1922. He recalls attending a local school until sixth grade; Hebrew school in Dolginovo (Daŭhinava) for two years; brief cantorial studies in Vilna; Soviet occupation in 1939; attending high school and working in Novogrudok; his father's visits; and German invasion in 1941. Mr. G. describes unsuccessful efforts to return home (Germans were everywhere); an arduous six-month journey to Tashkent; transfer in 1942 to Tashkumyr and hard labor in the coal mines; returning to Poland in 1945; learning of the mass murder of the Jews; a brief visit to his hometown; working on a kibbutz in Łodz̋; smuggling Jews to Bratislava with the Haganah; living in displaced persons camps in Bratislava, Linz, Ziegenhain, and other places; unsuccessful attempts to illegally emigrate to Palestine; discovering relatives in the United States who aided his emigration; and their warm reception when he arrived in 1949. He discusses conveying his story to his children; membership in a survivors' organization; gatherings of people from Kurenet︠s︡; and the continuing pain when telling his story.

G., Michael, 1922-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
August 20, 1992.
Daŭhinava (Minskai︠a︡ voblastsʹ, Belarus)
Kurenet︠s︡ (Belarus)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Navahrudak (Belarus)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Minsk (Belarus)
Łódź (Poland)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Tash-Kumyr (Kyrgyzstan)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michael G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1880). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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