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Leon G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2721) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2721

Videotape testimony of Leon G., who was born in Turka, Poland (now Ukraine) in 1923. He describes his family's farm; antisemitic harassment by other children; brief German invasion; Soviet occupation; confiscation of most of the family farm; obtaining a government job; altering his father's documents to prevent his deportation to Siberia as a capitalist; German invasion in 1941; being beaten by a former Ukrainian friend; working as a beekeeper; arrest by the Ukrainian police; ghettoization in Sambor; his mother's deportation (she did not survive); a mass killing at the cemetery; brief imprisonment; his release (his father, brother, and sister remained and were shot); hiding with his older brother during the ghetto's liquidation; leaving the hiding place; their arrest and escape; help from farmers in Yablonʹka; hiding in the forests; joining Soviet partisans; sustaining severe wounds; transfer to Kiev for convalescence; returning briefly to Sambor; returning to Poland; finding his brother in Zamość (he had lost a leg); living in Gliwice; smuggling themselves to Germany; living at Föhrenwald displaced persons camp and emigrating to the United States in 1949. Mr. G. recounts working; attending night school; his marriage and children; and establishing a business. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Leon, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
May 16, 1993.
Locale
Ukraine
Sambir
Soviet Union
Poland
Turka (Lʹvivsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Sambir (Sambirsʹkyĭ raĭon, Ukraine)
Zamość (Poland)
Yablonʹka (Ukraine)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Gliwice (Poland)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leon G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2721). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288726
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:28:00
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