Khanoekh G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3615) interviewed by Irina Trampolski
- Minsk, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 8, 1995.
- 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.
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.