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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.
Altenburg (Thuringia, Germany)
Leipzig (Germany)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Dnipropetrovsʹk (Ukraine)
Katowice (Poland)
Stanislav (Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Avraham G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1809). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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