Dina G. testimony 1995 [video recording]
Date of Recording24 October 1995
Duration1h 46m 5.0s
SynopsisDina G. was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1919. She describes her family’s poverty. She explains the “five-year plans” and how all religions were forbidden. She describes her education and completing her fourth year of medical school when Germany invaded in June 1941. She describes fleeing east where she lived in Rostov-on-Don. She recalls continuing to the Chinese border with her parents. She discusses receiving a temporary diploma, so she could practice medicine as part of the military effort. Dina describes her military training and mobilization. She describes her experience in the battle of Stalingrad and working as a surgeon. She recalls meeting her future husband in Berlin. Dina discusses learning about the fate of the Jews after the war and the realization that most were gone. She describes her daughter’s birth and her husband’s death. She recalls returning to Odessa to live with her parents. She discusses continued antisemitism after the war. She recalls emigrating to Canada in 1977. She discusses her participation in the Jewish community and organizations. She shows photographs.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.