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Dov E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4174)

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    Videotape testimony of Dov E., who was born in 1925 in Vasil'kovtsy, Poland (presently Ukraine). He recounts living in Husi︠a︡tyn; his mother's death; his father's remarriage; the birth of a half-brother; attending Polish and Hebrew schools; participating in Gordonyah; spending holidays with his grandmother; Soviet occupation; fleeing to cousins in Kopychynt︠s︡i; returning home; attending a Soviet school; German invasion; fleeing to a nearby village; living with his grandfather in Vasil'kovtsy; returning home; slave labor clearing roads and in a warehouse; working in Probezhna; round-up and deportation of the women, including his step mother; being warned to leave the city; moving to the Kopychynt︠s︡i ghetto; building a bunker in which to hide during round-ups; witnessing a cousin's murder when fleeing from Ukrainian police; hiding briefly with non-Jews in a nearby village; transfer to the Chortkiv ghetto; forced labor on a farm; escaping with his family; and separation from his younger brother and mother.

    Mr. E. recalls finding his mother; hiding with his parents in a cemetery in Chabarovka; assistance from a Christian woman who hid them in her barn and a bunker; liberation by Soviet troops; learning his brother had been killed; traveling to Husi︠a︡tyn; draft into the Soviet army; basic training in Kaluga; serving in a Soviet artillery unit; visiting his parents; transfer to a Polish unit; attending officer training school; fighting at the front; observing a Polish soldier execute a German prisoner of war; battles with Ukrainian partisans; revenge operations; reassignment to Katowice; reunion with his parents in Legnica; traveling illegally to Germany with the Jewish Brigade; his parents' legal emigration to Israel in 1947; living in Schlachtensee displaced persons camp; joining a Gordonyah group; living in Bergen-Belsen and Deggendorf displaced persons camps; attending an ORT school in Munich; emigration to Israel in 1949; and reunion with his parents. Mr. E. credits his survival to being with his father. He shows documents and photographs.
    E., Dov, 1925-
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
    Interview Date
    April 13, May 3, and 11, 2000.
    Soviet Union
    Vasil'kovtsy (Ukraine)
    Husi︠a︡tyn (Ukraine)
    Kopychynt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
    Probezhna (Ukraine)
    Chortkiv (Ukraine)
    Chabarovka (Ukarine)
    Kaluga (Kaluzhskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia)
    Katowice (Poland)
    Legnica (Poland)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Dov E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4174). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    3 videorecordings (2 hr., 36 min.; 2 hr., 56 min.; and 2 hr., 55 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Forced labor. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Ukraine--Kopychynt︠s︡i. Jews--Ukraine--Chortkiv. Fathers and sons. Mothers and sons. Brothers. Families. Draft--Soviet Union. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Soviet. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Revenge. Refugee camps. Poland. Vasil'kovtsy (Ukraine) Husi︠a︡tyn (Ukraine) Kopychynt︠s︡i (Ukraine) Probezhna (Ukraine) Chortkiv (Ukraine) Chabarovka (Ukarine) Kaluga (Kaluzhskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia) Katowice (Poland) Legnica (Poland) Munich (Germany) Oral histories (document genres) E., Dov,--1925- Gordonyah--Makabi ha-tsaʻir (Association) Schlachtensee (Displaced persons camp) DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen. Deggendorf (Displaced persons camp) World ORT Union.

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