Ya'akov G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3787)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- July 6 and July 14, 1995.
- 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.
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.