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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2721

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    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)
    Cite As
    Leon G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2721). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Schiff, Gabriele, interviewer.
    Tobin, Phyllis O. Ziman, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 2 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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