Iosif D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3606) interviewed by Arkadiĭ Shulʹman and Vitali Zaika
- Pinsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 4, 1995.
- 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.
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.