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Avraham G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1809) interviewed by Iris Berlatzky and Amit Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1809

Videotape testimony of Avraham G., who was born in Altenburg, Germany in 1923. He recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; the rise of Nazism; expulsion from school in 1934; attending a Jewish school in Leipzig; deportation with his family to Katowice due to their Polish citizenship; moving to Stanisławów, then Lʹvov; joining Hashomer Hatzair; Soviet occupation in 1939; attending a Zionist school; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; public hangings; harsh conditions in Janowska; the sadism of Gustav Wilhaus; escaping with his father with assistance from a German soldier; joining his mother and sister in the ghetto; killings of Jews and Christians who helped them; mass killings including his mother and sister; horrifying sights during the ghetto's liquidation; and escaping to Dnipropetrovsʹk with his father, posing as German soldiers. Mr. G. relates frequently changing hiding places because they had no German documents; liberation by Soviet troops; attending technical school; being drafted into the Soviet army; returning to Lʹvov; traveling to Germany; and emigrating to Israel with his father in 1949. He discusses testifying at war crime trials; reluctance of Israelis to hear about his experiences until recently; and the centrality of living in Israel to his Jewish identity.

G., Avraham, 1923-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985
Interview Date
November 13, 1985, and December 25, 1985.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Avraham G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1809). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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