Michael G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1880) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Sara Moss Herz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- August 20, 1992.
- 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.
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 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.