Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Jack Gun - August 12, 1999


Jack Gun was born in Rozhishche, Poland, where he lived with his father, mother and older brother and sister. Rozhishche was later annexed into the Ukraine by the Soviets at the outbreak of the war in September 1939. With the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, the Gun family was forced to move into a make-shift ghetto in the city where they were used as forced laborers. In August of 1942, the ghetto was liquidated by the Germans and Jack's father, mother and sister were killed. Jack and his brother managed to flee and received help from their father's non-Jewish friend. Upon this man's urging, Jack and his brother hid first in the woods and then in a bunker they dug in a field. After several near-misses with the occupation authorities, the two were hidden in a non-Jewish Ukrainian household where they remained until the Russians liberated the Ukraine in 1944.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Pre-War Life
  3. Religious Life
  4. Relations with non-Jews
  5. Outbreak of War
  6. Soviet Occupation
  7. German Invasion
  8. Impression of Germans
  9. German Occupation
  10. Conditions in Ghetto
  11. Receiving Help
  12. Labor in Ghetto
  13. Liquidation of Ghetto
  14. Hiding in Barn
  15. Escape from Barn
  16. Osawa
  17. Mr. Yerushka
  18. Hiding in Forest
  19. Conditions in Forest
  20. Ukrainian Policeman
  21. Hiding in Bunker
  22. Lack of Feelings
  23. Leaving the Bunker
  24. Back in Hiding
  25. Conditions While in Hiding
  26. Betrayed
  27. Liberated by Russians
  28. Return of Germans
  29. Liberation
  30. DP Camp
  31. Brother Leaves
  32. Vladimir-Volynsk
  33. Return to Poland
  34. Travelling Around Poland
  35. Vienna
  36. Conditions in DP Camp
  37. Brother's Wedding
  38. Emigration to America
  39. Pennsylvania
  40. Telling Story
  41. Visiting Poland
  42. Telling Children
  43. Talking about Experiences

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