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Itzhak D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3640)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3640

Videotape testimony of Itzhak D., who was born in Vilna, Russia (presently Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1916, one of five children. He recounts participating in Hashomer Hatzair with Abba Kovner; Soviet occupation; working with the writer Szmerke Kaczerginski; German invasion; anti-Jewish violence; ghettoization; hiding during round-ups; forced labor in a military fuel depot outside the ghetto; selling stolen fuel to purchase food; escaping; hiding with a German guard who had befriended him in the fuel depot; sneaking back into the ghetto; hiding with his family during the liquidation; capture; transfer to a Gestapo prison; slave labor clearing trees with his father; observing mass graves; being forced to disinter corpses in Ponary for burning; the trauma of finding the bodies of his mother, sister, and friend; a group effort to build a tunnel; escaping through the tunnel; assistance from local villagers; and joining a Soviet partisan group.

D., Itzhak, 1916-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
March 10, 1994.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Itzhak D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3640). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.