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Ya'akov G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3787)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3787

Videotape testimony of Ya'akov G., who was born in Kletsk, Poland (presently Belarus), in 1924, one of four children. He recounts attending a Jewish school and yeshiva; Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; witnessing a mass killing of the town's rabbis; round-up to a synagogue; separation from his father (he was killed in a mass shooting); ghettoization; forced factory labor; trading goods to non-Jews for food; setting his house on fire, and hiding in a bunker during the ghetto's liquidation; escaping to the forest; assistance from farmers; walking to Hantsavichy; returning to the forest; staying in the Baranavichy ghetto; building a bunker; two months later escaping with an armed group to the forest; forming a Jewish partisan group; killing policemen for their weapons; receiving weapons from Soviet airdrops in 1943; blowing up train tracks; considering his killing of Germans as revenge; the deaths of many partisans in action; draft into the Soviet military; serving in Lyakhovichi; entering Berlin; capture by Germans; escaping; demobilization in 1946; returning home (none of his family had survived); traveling to Łódź; joining Ichud, a Zionist group; illegal emigration to Palestine via Paris; reunion with a cousin en route; incarceration by the British on Cyprus; draft into the Israeli military; and marrying a survivor. Mr. G. notes not sharing his experiences and nightmares resulting from them. He shows photographs.

G., Ya'akov, 1924-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
July 6 and July 14, 1995.
Kletsk (Belarus)
Hantsavichy (Belarus)
Baranavichy (Belarus)
Lyakhovichi (Brestskai︠a︡ voblastsʹ, Belarus)
Berlin (Germany)
Paris (France)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ya'akov G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3787). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.