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Iosif D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3606) interviewed by Arkadiĭ Shulʹman and Vitali Zaika,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3606

Videotape testimony of Iosif D., who was born in Gorodno, Poland (presently Haradnaya, Belarus) in 1924, the oldest of three children. He recalls attending cheder and Polish school; holiday and Sabbath observances; his father's death; working to help support his family; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in summer 1941; fleeing to Turov; returning home; ghettoization; forced labor; peasants informing them in September 1942 of pits being dug nearby; escaping to a forest; a mass shooting including his sister and mother; encountering his brother; assistance from local non-Jews; living with partisans; recovering from typhus in a village; moving with the partisans to Ukraine in 1944; enlisting in the Soviet military; battles in and liberation of Pinsk, Stolin, Rīga, Warsaw, Szczecin, and Berlin; learning his brother had been killed; discharge in March 1947; returning to Pinsk; working in a factory; marriage in 1950; and the births of two sons. Mr. D. notes sharing his story with his children; annual visits to a monument at the mass grave site; testifying against a collaborator in 1971; and his granddaughters studying in Israel.

D., Iosif, 1924-
Pinsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 4, 1995.
Soviet Union
Haradnai︠a︡ (Belarus)
Turov (Belarus)
Pinsk (Belarus)
Berlin (Germany)
Warsaw (Poland)
Szczecin (Poland)
Rīga (Latvia)
Stolin (Belarus)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Iosif D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3606). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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