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Grigoriĭ D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3600) interviewed by Ina Gurary and Vitali Zaika,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3600

Videotape testimony of Grigoriĭ D., who was born in Sunai, Belarus in 1922. He recalls living in a rural area; cordial relations with non-Jews; completing high school in Grozovo; attending the Polytechnic in Minsk; his father's arrest in 1938 as a spy because he had siblings in western nations (he was executed); his sister's medical practice in Lenino; German invasion in June 1941 while he was in Slutsk; joining his mother, sister, and brother in Lenino; obtaining a Soviet machine gun; giving it to partisans; solidarity in the ghetto; escaping with his brother with assistance from non-Jews; his sister joining them; joining the Voroshilov partisan brigade; learning his mother and nephew were murdered in a mass killing; numerous battles with Germans in the Kapylʹski area; his brother being wounded in July 1942; keeping a diary; moving to the Li︠u︡banski region in spring 1943; his sister providing medical aid; the brigade moving to the Bialowieza Forest in September 1943, then to Lithuania; attacks by the Armia Krajowa; liberating Zheludok with Soviet troops; military service in Brest; demobilization in 1946; completing his studies; marriage; and living in Grodno and Minsk. Mr. D. discusses the heroism of Jewish partisans; many non-Jews who helped him; dedication of a monument to the murdered Jews of Lenino in 1985; and the increasing pain of his memories. He shows photographs.

D., Grigoriĭ, 1922-
Minsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 2, 1995.
Sunai (Belarus)
Grozovo (Belarus)
Minsk (Belarus)
Slutsk (Belarus)
Lenino (Mahili︠o︡ŭskai︠a︡ voblastsʹ, Belarus)
Kapylʹski rai︠o︡n (Belarus)
Li︠u︡banski rai︠o︡n (Belarus)
Bialowieza Forest (Poland and Belarus)
Z︠H︡aludok (Belarus)
Hrodna (Belarus)
Brest (Belarus)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Grigoriĭ D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3600). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.