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Gustav S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3239) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak and Anita Tarsi,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3239

Videotape testimony of Gustav S., who was born in a Romanian village near Chernivt︠s︡i in 1925, the oldest of three children. He recalls antisemitic harassment in the local school; attending school in Chernivt︠s︡i; Soviet occupation; confiscation of his family's house and business; their move to Chernivt︠s︡i in 1940; German and Romanian invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish violence and restrictions; ghettoization; deportation to a former military barrack near Ataki in November 1941; entering the Mogilev-Podolskyi ghetto; hospitalization for typus for several months; his mother's death; his younger brother smuggling to support the family; his father's death in March 1943; forced labor for Organisation Todt; repatriation of his brother and sister in January 1944 (he was too old); liberation by partisans and Soviet troops; draft into the Soviet military; postings to Mazyr, then Minsk; attending officer training; postings in Astrakhanʹ and Stalingrad (presently Volgograd); learning his brother and sister had survived; discharge from the military in 1950; returning to Chernivtsi; resuming his education; marriage; the births of two children; working as a teacher; moving to Romania in 1968; and emigration to Israel in 1972.

S., Gustav, 1925-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
April 24, 1991.
Transnistria (Territory under German and Romanian occupation, 1941-1944)
Chernivt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
Ataki (Moldova)
Mohyliv-Podilʹsʹkyĭ (Ukraine)
Mazyr (Belarus)
Minsk (Belarus)
Astrakhanʹ (Russia)
Volgograd (Russia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gustav S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3239). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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