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Yitzhak V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1845) interviewed by Yoram Amit and Anita Tarsi

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1845

Videotape testimony of Yitzhak A., who was born in Sulejów, Poland in 1917; his Hasidic home; antisemitism in public school; working in Łódź; involvement in communism; German invasion; traveling to Warsaw with his brother to defend Poland; capture by SS when returning to Łódź; assistance from a fellow-communist; escaping with his brother; marriage in November; traveling with his wife toward Soviet territory; wandering for months in Hrodna; Presovtse; and Stolin; settling in Presovtse; working for the Red Army; German invasion in June 1941; meeting with a small group planning to find arms and escape to the woods; observing the shooting of a Jewish boy in Kovelʹ; a non-Jew who warned them of round-ups; escaping to the woods to fight the Germans; raiding villages; joining other partisans; many operations against and escapes from Germans and antisemitic partisans; joining up with Soviet forces in Rivne; persuading and organizing Jews to leave for Palestine; traveling to Kiev;, then Lublin; organizing with Abba Kovner and other former partisans; and traveling to Bucharest, then Italy. Mr. A. discusses the beauty of his town and childhood; details of partisan life; and wanting revenge after the war.

Author/Creator
V., Yitzhak, 1917-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1989
Interview Date
July 6 and July 20, 1989.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yitzhak V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1845). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.