Semion G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3613) interviewed by Irina Trampolski and Ina Gurary
- Minsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 7, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Semion G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3613). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Semion G., who was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1925, the third of four children. He recalls speaking Yiddish at home; attending Belorussian school; cordial relations with non-Jews; his oldest brother's military service; his sister's birth in 1940; German invasion in June 1941; fleeing to Kolodishchi; returning home; his father's enlistment in the Soviet army; ghettoization; assistance from non-Jewish neighbors; mass killings; hiding in bunkers; his oldest brother using false documents to obtain weapons; learning his father had been killed; a mass killing on November 7, 1941; escaping with his brothers; joining partisans with his oldest brother (his middle brother joined a Jewish unit); many battles including ambushing a German garrison in Shatsk in 1942, for which he received a medal; becoming a unit commander; German blockades; learning his middle brother was killed in 1943; moving from Karelichy to the Bialowieza and Ruzhanʹska forests and Białystok; hostilities with Polish and Ukrainian partisans; joining the Soviet military; and his oldest brother's combat death in January 1945. He discusses non-Jewish partisans not caring he was Jewish; fighting to revenge his murdered family; becoming desensitized to killing; sharing his experiences with his children; persistent nightmares; and emotional reunions with partisan colleagues. He shows photographs.