Iurii G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3608) interviewed by Vitali Zaika
- Baranavichy, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 5, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Iurii G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3608). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Iurii G., who was born in Smolensk, Soviet Union in 1930. He recounts moving to Kaluga in 1932; antisemitic insults in school; his father's arrest in 1939 and later learning he was in a Soviet labor camp; German invasion; his father's return and military draft; ghettoization; rationing and forced labor; starvation and mass killings; having to load corpses on trucks; assisting his grandparents; escaping during a Soviet offensive; being hidden with his mother by a former neighbor; liberation by Soviet troops; his grandparents' deaths from starvation; learning in 1944 his father had been killed; his military career; marriage in 1957; his mother's death in 1982; and planning to emigrate to Israel with his family to join his daughter there. Mr. G. discusses not being promoted, and restrictions from serving abroad due to being Jewish and having lived under German occupation. He shows photographs and documents.