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Irving D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3137) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3137

Videotape testimony of Irving D., who was born in Beremyany, Ukraine in 1919. He recalls his family moving to Tluste (presently Tovste) in 1933 due to an antisemitic incident; joining his father's successful business; Soviet occupation in 1939; his draft into the Soviet army; posting to Afghanistan; hospitalization in Tashkent; returning to Tluste on June 19, 1941; German invasion on June 22, 1941; rejoining his unit in Ptoskurov(now Khmelʹnyt︠s︡ʹkyī); traveling from Kiev to Ashkhabad in September; training in Petropavlovsk until 1944; transfer with his unit to Cheli︠a︡binsk, then Chebarkulʹ; advancing to Plyussy; being wounded during a German victory near Krivichi; transfer to a German field hospital; posing as a Volksdeutsche; evacuation with wounded Germans via Rostock to Hillensberg; recuperating in a hospital; arrest by the Soviets after liberation; and convincing them he was a Soviet soldier. Mr. D. describes serving as an adjutant to a captain; traveling toward Russia; contacting Jewish organizations while passing through Poland; learning in Opole that his family was in Poland; his release to visit his parents in Bytom; deserting; illegally traveling with his family to Austria via Czechoslovakia; and emigrating to the United States in 1948. He believes his experience is one of many miracles.

D., Irving, 1919-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
October 20, 1995.
Soviet Union
Beremyany (Ukraine)
Tovste (Ternopilʹsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Ashkhabad (Turkmenistan)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Plyussy (Belarus)
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiĭ (Russia)
Cheli︠a︡binsk (Russia)
Chebarkulʹ (Russia)
Khmelʹnyt︠s︡ʹkyĭ (Ukraine)
Kryvichy (Belarus)
Hillensberg (Germany)
Rostock (Germany)
Bytom (Poland)
Opole (Poland)
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irving D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3137). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.