Survivors reflect on life in ghettos

Jack

Jack was born in 1929 in the town of Novagrudek, in the Belarus. The Nazis invaded during 1941. In May 1942, they established a ghetto in Novogrudek. 

In this exerpt Jack remembers life in the ghetto. Watch and listen as he tells us of his experiences and how he coped the treatment, conditions and events within the ghetto. 

Simon

Clip 1 Simon remembers life in the ghetto

In 1939 Radyvyliv was invaded by the Soviet Union. Life didn’t change too much under the Russians. However, in 1941 the German army invaded the area. Life changed dramatically for the Jewish population. Very soon the Nazis built a fence around an area of the town and forced the Jews to live there.

Watch Simon’s testimony and learn what happened when the Nazis invaded.

Clip 2 Simon's father had an escape plan

By 1942 the Germans, wth the help of Ukrainian soldiers, began to clear part of the ghetto. Some 2,000 people had already been murdered.

Simon's father had already hatched a plan that would help the family to escape in order that they could survive. Watch Clip 2 to discover what the plan was.

Clip 3: Escaping the ghetto

By 1942 the Nazis, with the help of Ukrainian soldiers, began to clear part of the ghetto. By then some 2,000 people had been murdered.

Simon's father knew that he had to help the family to escape in order to save their lives. In Clip 3 you will learn how the family actually managed to escape from the ghetto.

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