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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.
Locale
Lithuania
Kaunas
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Kulautuva (Lithuania)
Jieznas (Lithuania)
Mittenwald (Germany)
Treviso (Italy)
Genoa (Italy)
Palestine
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.