Jonas G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-182) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Sally Moskowitz
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1982
- Interview Date
- June 11, 1982.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jonas G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-182). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jonas G., who was born into a religious family in Siret (Sereth), Bukovina, in 1914. He recalls his childhood education and medical school training; anti-Jewish legislation; being drafted into the army in 1935; his release, along with all other Jews, in 1936; his marriage to his cousin; the Russian occupation of Poland; and his flight to Czernowitz to be with his wife. He tells of commuting to a nearby town where he had obtained an appointment as physician; his family's flight with the retreating Russians to Borshchov; and his circuitous journey back to Czernowitz via Zaleszczyki and numerous other places on both sides of the Dniester, during which he was captured, assigned to slave labor, and eventually released and reunited with his wife. He relates his detention upon arrival in Czernowitz; his work in the Czernowitz ghetto hospital and various other locations in the Ukraine and Transnistria; the return of the Russians in 1943; moving his family to Bucharest the day the war ended; and their emigration two years later to the United States. Throughout the testimony, he offers examples illustrating his belief that survival was possible only through the unexpected aid of a bystander.