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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.

G., Leon, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
May 16, 1993.
Soviet Union
Turka (Lʹvivsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Sambir (Sambirsʹkyĭ raĭon, Ukraine)
Zamość (Poland)
Yablonʹka (Ukraine)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Gliwice (Poland)
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.
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