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Zygmunt G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1455) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Sidney Kreuger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1455

Videotape testimony of Zygmunt G., who was born in Kopychynt︠s︡i, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1923. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; attending public and Hebrew schools; Soviet occupation; attending a Russian school; German invasion; a massacre of Jews; deportation to the Tarnopol ghetto; slave labor; returning home; incarceration in a prison in Chortkiv, then in Kamionka; escaping; returning home; round-up of his parents (his mother was killed, his father escaped); hiding in surrounding fields; returning to Kopychynt︠s︡i; escaping again with his father and other relatives; hiding with a non-Jew; retuning to the Kopychynt︠s︡i ghetto; escaping again with his father, uncle, and other relatives; hiding with several Polish farmers; liberation by Soviet troops in March 1944; draft into the Soviet army; fighting in Chemnitz; traveling to Legnica, then to Munich via Vienna; emigration to the United States in 1951, then Cuba in 1956; marriage; returning to the United States; and the births of two sons. Mr. G. discusses how few people survived from his town; testifying at a war crimes trial in Mannheim; sending money to the daughter of one man who hid them; sharing his experiences with his children; and pervasive painful memories.

Author/Creator
G., Zygmunt, 1923-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
Interview Date
February 21, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zygmunt G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1455). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.