Abraham G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-676) interviewed by Syd Mandelbaum
- Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1985
- Interview Date
- October 29, 1985.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Abraham G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-676). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Abraham G., who was born in Volodymyr-Volynsʹkyĭ, Poland in 1915. He recalls attending a private Jewish school; his father's lumber business; Soviet occupation; moving to Lʹviv; German invasion; transport toward the Soviet Union; leaving the group in Brody; traveling to his uncle's home in Zolochiv; being caught in a round-up for a mass shooting; falling into the pit with the dead; crawling out at night; returning to his uncle's home; meeting his future wife; volunteering for a forced labor camp; convincing an Austrian guard to take him to his future wife's home where money was hidden; bribing the head of the camp to take him to the camp where his future wife was; his uncle arranging their escape and hiding with a non-Jew; hiding with his uncle under a barn floor; liberation by Soviet troops eleven months later; marriage; briefly returning home; learning no other relatives had survived; moving to Kraków; his daughter's birth; moving to Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; emigration to the United States; and his son's birth. He discusses losing his religious beliefs during the mass killing; difficulty imagining his experience really happened; and sharing his story with his children and grandchildren when they were old enough.