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Dov D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4173)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4173

Videotape testimony of Dov D., who was born in Kaunus, Lithuania in 1928, the youngest of three children. He recounts attending Hebrew school; summer vacations in Kulautuva; his father's death in 1938; Soviet occupation; nationalization of his family's property; summering with an uncle in Jieznas; German invasion; ghettoization; working as a carpenter; his family surviving the large Aktion of October 1941; his sister smuggling food for them; his mother's deportation; witnessing Germans and Lithuanians killing infants during another Aktion; his brother serving in the Jewish police; hiding with his siblings in a bunker during the ghetto's liquidation; discovery; deportation to Stutthof; separation from his sister; transfer with his brother to Dachau; slave labor doing construction; transfer to Landshut, then back to Dachau; train transport and a death march during which his brother was killed; liberation by United States troops in Mittenwald on May 1, 1945; traveling with the Jewish Brigade to Treviso; living in Youth Aliyah camps outside Florence, then Genoa; illegal emigration by ship to Palestine; reunion with a cousin located by the Red Cross; military enlistment in 1948; serving five years; marriage; and the births of three children. Mr. D. discusses his brother's help in camps; memory gaps, including his time in Feldafing after liberation; learning his sister had survived; her emigration to Israel in 1972; not sharing his story with his children; and a recent trip to Lithuania with them.

Author/Creator
D., Dov, 1928-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
Interview Date
April 6, 2000.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dov D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4173). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.