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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.
Locale
Ukraine
Poland
Sulejów (Łódź, Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Hrodna (Belarus)
Presovtse (Ukraine)
Stolin (Belarus)
Kovelʹ (Ukraine)
Rivne (Rivnensʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Lublin (Poland)
Bucharest (Romania)
Italy
Palestine
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.