Tatyana G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3594) interviewed by Arkadiĭ Shulʹman and Vitali Zaika
- Minsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- July 31, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Tatyana G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3594). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Tatyana G., who was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1918, the fourth of five children. She describes her family's orthodoxy; cordial relations with non-Jews; attending a polytechnic institute; working as a chemist; participating in Komsomol; German invasion in June 1941; briefly fleeing; ghettoization; a mass killing including some relatives; warning of an impending mass killing; escaping at her mother's insistence; a former non-Jewish neighbor reluctantly keeping her overnight; hearing machine guns and thinking they were killing her mother, sisters, and other relatives; contemplating suicide; her uncle's German acquaintance bringing her to him in the ghetto; working as a courier for the resistance under Michael Gebelev; hiding during round-ups; Soviet POWs killing their German guards and escaping in April 1943; her uncle and family being killed; working in a factory until June 30, 1944 (the ghetto had been liquidated); transfer to a camp in Poland; group prayers on Yom Kippur; evacuation to Bergen-Belsen; severe beatings; liberation by British troops; hospitalization; repatriation; living with a non-Jewish neighbor; hospitalization until 1951; and official antisemitism under Stalin. Ms. G. discusses nightmares, loneliness, and poor health resulting from her experiences.