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Israel G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3648) interviewed by Taube Ruskin and Dina Altshuler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3648

Videotape testimony of Israel G., who was born in Khmelʹnik, Ukraine in 1930, the older of two brothers. He recounts relatives emigrating to the United States and Palestine, including a great-grandmother who returned in 1929 and lived with them; attending school in a nearby village; his father's military draft in 1939; an influx of Jewish refugees; his father's return in 1940; attending a camp in Vinnyt︠s︡i︠a︡; German invasion in 1941; fleeing to Kiev; returning home; his father's remobilization in July; anti-Jewish restrictions; a mass killing in August; hiding with his family during a mass killing on January 9, 1942; ghettoization; another mass killing later in January; hiding with Ukrainian friends every night; hiding during another mass killing by Hungarian soldiers on June 12, 1942 (his brother was killed); rejoining his mother in the ghetto; his mother obtaining "Ukrainian" papers; escaping with her and an uncle to the Zhmerynka ghetto in December or January; expulsion from the ghetto when his mother smuggled food; living in another Romanian occupied town; liberation by Soviet troops in March 1944; returning to Khmelʹnik; learning his father had perished; his mother's remarriage; graduation from aviation school in Kiev in 1954; working in Alma-Ata; marriage; his daughter's birth; working as an engineer in Lʹviv; and emigration to Israel in 1992.

Author/Creator
G., Israel, 1930-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
May 15, 1995.
Language
Russian
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Israel G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3648). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.