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George W. testimony 1983

Holocaust Testimony

Object IDGW8308_03_VA
AVT #21
Date of Recording24 August 1983

InterviewerKrell, Robert
IntervieweeWertman, George
Duration2h 1m 42.0s
SynopsisGeorge W. was born in Tarnogrod, Poland on May 17, 1921. His family moved to L’viv when he was two years of age. He describes his family. He recalls his mother’s death when he was six. He describes attending school and anti-Jewish regulations. He recalls antisemitic incidents. He describes joining Betar and interactions with Vladimir Jabotinsky. He describes working as a diamond setter. He recalls the Russian occupation. He describes the German invasion and witnessing the aftermath of mass killings. He describes his arrest and deportation to Vinniki forced labour camp.  He describes the conditions of the camp and cruel treatment from the guards. He describes a typhoid outbreak. George describes his escape and receiving assistance from a Ukrainian family. He describes reuniting with his father and hiding for one year. He describes liberation by Soviet troops. He describes moving to Lublin and his marriage to another survivor. He describes immigrating to Canada. He discusses the importance of luck in his survival. He discusses sharing his experience with his children. 
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RightsVancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance | Holocaust Documentation Project | The University of British Columbia | Consent to Record and Retain Records on file.
NoteTestimony was simultaneously recorded on video and audio cassette.
Other Holding InstitutionsFortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (repository)
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.