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Mike R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-659) interviewed by Sondra Kraff and Elizabeth Jacob

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-659

Videotape testimony of Mike R., who was born in Pogost-Zagorodskiy, Poland (presently Belarus) in 1925. He recalls that his family was the wealthiest one in town; Soviet occupation in 1939; studying Russian in school; deportation with his family to Siberia in 1941 as capitalists; harsh conditions during the one-month train journey; incarceration in a primitive labor camp; their transfer five and a half months later to Asia; obtaining more food because there was more vegetation; enlisting in the Soviet military when he was eighteen; serving on the frontline in Poland; being hidden by Poles when his unit was surrounded by Germans; being wounded in action; recovering in a military hospital in Lʹviv; learning his family was in Ukraine and that all their relatives had been killed in their hometown; joining his family; traveling with them to Poland, then illegally to Germany; working for the Joint; and their emigration to the United States.

Author/Creator
R., Mike, 1925-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
February 2, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mike R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-659). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.