George E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1756) interviewed by Michael Alpert
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 2, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- George E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1756). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of George E., who was born in Sasiv, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1925. He recalls Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in 1941; mass killings; incarceration with his father at a work camp; slave labor; escaping the camp liquidation in 1943 (his father was killed); hiding in the woods with other escapees; receiving food from a peasant woman; constructing a bunker; escaping from a peasant who tried to kill him; burning the peasant's house; taking more Jews into the bunker; liberation by Soviet troops in March 1944; obtaining Soviet military documents to protect himself; assistance from a Jewish Soviet officer; traveling to Ocna Mures, Romania with his cousin; and joining Beriḥah in Vienna in 1945. Mr. E. describes many episodes smuggling survivors with the goal of emigration to Palestine; contacts with Yitzhak Zuckerman and Aba Gefen; assistance from the Joint and UNRRA; several arrests; assistance from a United States army chaplain; working at Beriḥah headquarters in Salzburg; and emigration to the United States with his wife and child in 1950. Mr. E. discusses the "dog eat dog" atmosphere while hiding in the woods and shows photographs and documents.