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Jacob G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1814) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak and Amit Dobkin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1814

Videotape testimony of Jacob G., who was born in P'yanovichi, Poland (presently Ukraine) in approximately 1922, the youngest of thirteen children. He recalls German invasion; a non-Jewish friend warning him to leave and providing false papers for him and two friends; traveling to Białystok; meeting his future wife; moving to Minsk; studying engineering; obtaining a Soviet passport; living in Uzda; German invasion in 1941; working as a mechanic; a mass killing of Jews; a brother and sister being killed while escaping; transfer to the Minsk ghetto in March 1942; a mass shooting of Jews; joining a partisan group; hiding weapons; smuggling children out of the ghetto; escaping with his future wife to the Jewish partisans in a forest; blowing up trains, raiding collaborators' farms; skirmishing with German military; killing all Germans after they burned members of his unit alive; his wife remaining in the forest camp; working with Daniel R.; joining the Soviet military; being wounded; joining his wife after military discharge; joining other former partisans in a kibbutz; seeking survivors in P'yanovichi, then Łódź; assisting an older Jew who was being attacked by non-Jews; their daughter's birth in 1946; smuggling themselves to Germany, intending to emigrate to Palestine; living in Berchtesgaden and Bad Reichenhall displaced persons camps; helping to organize routes for illegal emigration to Palestine; his wife and daughter emigrating; joining them about a year later; recruitment for the Haganah; being injured in the 1948 war; and moving to Jaffa after the war. Mr. G. discusses native Israelis' reluctance to acknowledge survivor or partisan experiences; lack of understanding that persists to the present; never discussing the revenge taken after the war; one brother and one sister joining him in Israel; sharing his story with his two daughters and grandchildren; and his love of and commitment to Israel.

Author/Creator
G., Jacob, 1922?-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
Interview Date
February 26, March 18, April 12, and June 2, 1986.
Locale
Belarus
Minsk
Poland
P'yanovichi (Ukraine)
Białystok (Poland)
Minsk (Belarus)
Uzda (Belarus)
Łódź (Poland)
Palestine
Israel
Language
Hebrew
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacob G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1814). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284359
Record last modified: 2018-05-29 11:54:00
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