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Dov N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3633)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3633

Videotape testimony of Dov N., who was born in 1930 in Tarnogród, Poland, one of three children. He recounts attending both Hebrew and Polish public schools; antisemitic harassment; summers with his grandparents in Chmielek; German invasion; Soviet occupation; days later fleeing east with the Soviets; joining his father's sister in Vinniki; attending Ukrainian school; joining the Communist youth group; his sister's birth in 1940; forced relocation due to their legal status; German invasion in June 1941; his father hiding during round-ups of men, then surrendering, fearing reprisals against his family; his release; working on a farm with his brother; deportation with his family to the Peremyshli︠a︡ny ghetto in November 1942; hiding during round-ups; sneaking outside the ghetto with his brother to obtain food; building a hiding place; his father volunteering for forced labor; hiding during round-ups, then escaping with his mother and brother (they left his sister behind); joining his father at Kurowice; separation from his mother (they never saw her again); his escape during a transfer; finding his father, who had also escaped (his brother had been killed); living in the forests with other Jews; assistance from farmers; building several bunkers; German soldiers killing Jews; a group of Jews killing a former Jewish policeman; contact with Soviet partisans; capture by German soldiers; escape; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling with them to Ganachëvka; a Jewish officer executing two Germans; traveling to Peremyshli︠a︡ny; his father working as a police officer; his father sending him to Tarnogród to seek surviving relatives; finding an aunt and uncle; returning to his father, then both of them moving to Tarnogród; escaping an attack against the Jews by the Armia Krajowa; moving to Lublin; joining Hashomer Hatzair; moving to Łódź with them; his father's remarriage; finding Jewish orphans to join his group; Beriḥah organizing their move to Bad Reichenhall displaced persons camp via Bratislava and Prague; his father joining him; transfer to Jordanbad, then Lindenfels displaced persons camps; assistance from UNRRA: traveling with the Jewish Brigade to Salon; illegal emigration to Palestine; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus; release to Israel; and reunion with his father, his wife, and their daughter when they emigrated in 1948.

N., Dov, 1930-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
February 1, March 28, and April 22, 1994.
Tarnogród (Poland)
Chmielek (Poland)
Vinniki (Ukraine)
Peremyshli︠a︡ny (Ukraine)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Ganachëvka (Ukraine)
Łódź (Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Salon-de-Provence (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dov N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3633). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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