IAMA 82 year old Ukranian Holocaust survivor
My grandfather was born March 3, 1929 in Chernivtsi Ukraine (at that time it was a part of Romania). In June, 1940, it was incorporated into the Soviet Union. In June, 1941, the city was evacuated by the Soviets, and by October, all the Jews (over 50,000) were confined to a small ghetto. The Germans arrived on July 5, and it is estimated that 2,000 to 3,000 Jews were killed within 24 hours. In October, 1941, the Jews were concentrated in a ghetto, and all their property was confiscated. Over 30,000 Jews were ultimately deported to Transnistria, and it is estimated that 60% of these deportees died there. In October, 1943, restrictions on Jewish movement were abolished, and the swift liberation by Soviet forces in early 1944 saved the 15,000 Jews remaining in the city. My grandfather was among the 15,000 Jews to survive. He is willing to answer any questions, and I will translate, read and type his answers. Ask him anything.
Edit: Thank You all for the wonderful responses. We are so overwhelmed with these never ending questions. He says you added years to his life. He is a very open person, who loves to share stories and is happy to have seen such enthusiasm for them. I will try to post the video and family stories that my stepfather had documented sometime later today. Here is a pic of him for now - http://imgur.com/Wfeix
Edit: Here is the story of how my grandfather's father escaped back to the ghetto after being taken by the Nazi's to build a bridge - http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/67098022?access_key=key-1is8zbtywoh5gvwfnaiw