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Yakov E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1810) interviewed by Yoram Amit and Iris Berlatzky,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1810

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.

E., Yakov, 1930?-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985-1986
Interview Date
November 20, 1985 and February 16, 1986.
Saratov (Russia)
Broumov (Královéhradecký kraj, Czech Republic)
Vienna (Austria)
Salzburg (Austria)
Milan (Italy)
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.
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