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Jacob R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2433) interviewed by Roshie Bush and Jody Maier

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2433

Videotape testimony of Jacob R., who was born in Lʹvov, Poland in 1929. He recalls his large, extended family; German invasion of Poland in 1939; Soviet occupation; attending school; the German attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941; being sent, with his older sister, on a train to Kiev in the care of a Jewish family (he never saw his parents again); Soviet soldiers removing men and boys from the train; being left with only the boys when all the men of draft age were taken by the Soviet army; receiving food from local people; finding his sister in Kiev; fleeing to Dnipropetrovsḱ two weeks later to escape the German advance; working in Mozdok, Makhachkala, Astrakhaʹn, Omsk, and Novosibirsk while trying to rejoin his sister; rejoining her in Barnaul; and recognition of his contribution to the war effort by the Soviet government. Mr. R. recalls his marriage; working in Magadan; returning to Lʹvov in 1953, then Poland in 1957; futile efforts to learn his parents' fate; and emigration to the United States in 1962. He describes details of his wanderings in the Soviet Union during the war.

R., Jacob, 1929-
Baltimore, Md. Baltimore Jewish Council, 1993
Interview Date
December 6, 1992.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacob R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2433). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.