Yakov E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1810) interviewed by Yoram Amit and Iris Berlatzky
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985-1986
- Interview Date
- November 20, 1985 and February 16, 1986.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Yakov E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1810). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Yakov E., who was born in Poland in approximately 1930, the oldest of three children. He recalls his family's Zionism (an uncle had emigrated to Israel); antisemitic harassment; belonging to Gordonyah; his father's importance in the town; Soviet occupation; leaving on an evacuation train to Kazakhstan in 1941, the only Jewish family to do so (his father was not with them); stopping a few days in Saratov en route; difficulties being accepted by other Jews in Kazakhstan; knowing nothing about the Holocaust; receiving a package from relatives in Israel; attending school; becoming a pro-Stalin Communist (he believes he was brainwashed); returning to Poland after the war; pervasive antisemitism; joining Gordonyah again; traveling with his group to Broumov, Vienna, Salzburg, then Milan; Zalman Shazar and Moshe Sharet leading the remaining journey to Israel; joining his uncle; his mother and brothers joining him in 1947; and difficulties getting along with native Israelis.