Irving D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3137) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- October 20, 1995.
- 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.
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.