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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.
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Dnipropetrovsḱ (Ukraine)
Mozdok (North Ossetia, Russia)
Makhachkala (Russia)
Astrakhanʹ (Russia)
Omsk (Russia)
Novosibirsk (Russia)
Barnaul (Altaĭskiĭ kraĭ, Russia)
Magadan (Russia)
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.