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Dov E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4174)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4174

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 Gordonia; 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 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 Gordonia 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.
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dov E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4174). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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