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Jonas G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-182) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Sally Moskowitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-182

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.

Author/Creator
G., Jonas, 1914-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1982
Interview Date
June 11, 1982.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/617069
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