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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.

Author/Creator
N., Dov, 1930-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
February 1, March 28, and April 22, 1994.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
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.