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Khanoekh G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3615) interviewed by Irina Trampolski

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3615

Videotape testimony of Khanoekh G., who was born in Vilnius, Russia (presently Lithuania) in 1915, the oldest of eight children. He recounts living in Švenčionys; his father serving as a cantor; attending a Jewish school; graduation from Polish gymnasium in 1934; attending medical school in Vilnius on the "Jewish quota"; studying his last year in Lʹviv due to border changes resulting from the war; working in Švenčionys; German invasion in June 1941 while attending a medical conference in Kaunas; returning home; anti-Jewish laws; a mass killing which included one brother; ghettoization; another brother's murder by a Lithuanian policeman; hiding during a mass killing (his remaining family was killed); a friend registering him as a relative, making him "legal" in the ghetto; working as a doctor; the Judenrat sending him to Vidzy in May 1942; escaping in November with assistance from a non-Jewish schoolmate; joining the partisans; treating the wounded; traveling to many forest locations; working in the Stalin brigade's hospital; obtaining medical supplies from German prisoners who were on a plane shot down by the partisans; liberation by the Soviet army in November 1943; helping stem a typhus epidemic; marriage to a doctor who worked with him; and his subsequent career in Hlybokaye, Trakai and Hrodna. Dr. G. discusses many details of pre-war, ghetto, and partisan life; the importance of luck to his survival; continuing contact with partisans he treated; and re-establishing Jewish life after the fall of the Soviet Union. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
G., Khanoekh, 1915-
Published
Minsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 8, 1995.
Language
Russian
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Khanoekh G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3615). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4298447
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