Boris G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4317) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Anna Getselman
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2004
- Interview Date
- July 14, 2004.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Boris G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4317). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Boris G., who was born in Skalat, Poland in 1922, one of three brothers. He recounts his mother's death when he was six; living in an orphanage; working for an aunt; Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; one brother being killed; fleeing to Kharkiv, then Krasnodar; working on a collective farm; draft into the Soviet army in Rostov; postings in Stalingrad and Beketovka; participating in the battle of Stalingrad; an acquaintanceship with Nikita Khrushchev; commanding several hundred soldiers; interrogating captured Germans; liberating Auschwitz; entering the cathedral in Częstochowa; postings in Dresden and Berlin; transfer back to Auschwitz to arrange transport of non-German collaborators to Krasnovodsk (they perished there); traveling to Kraków; ordering the execution of three Poles threatening to kill Jews; demobilization; living with a cousin in Lʹviv; marriage in 1947; his son's birth in 1949; fleeing to Poland; smuggling his family and savings to Vienna; emigration to Israel via Italy; and then to the United States. Mr. G. mentions returning to Skalat after the war (there was nothing left); his other brother's disappearance; and the importance to his survival of learning to fend for himself at an early age by "using his head."