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Oral history interview with Vladimir Shatzman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.244 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0244

Vladmir Shatzman, born in 1916 in Daugavpils, Latvia, discusses family home in Polotsk, Belarus; moving to Leningrad, Soviet Union (Saint Petersburg, Russia); entering military school in 1936; graduating in 1939; being sent to North Caucasus to a radio unit; being based near Cherkassy, Ukraine; seeing action near Smolensk, Russia, where he was wounded; his capture by the Germans; being taken to Borisov (Barysau), Belarus; being taken to Biala Podlaska, Poland, and put into a camp; escaping from the Biala Podlaska camp; taken in by Polish families for a time; going to Biala Podlaska ghetto; acquiring false documentation stating that he worked in an airport; assuming the identity of an Azerbajani; arrest by Ukrainian police; escaping and joining a partisan unit near Kobryn, Belarus; being chosen as head of partisan unit; activities, travels, and operations as a partisan; travels to Leningrad in hopes of finding family; reuniting with his mother; the fates of partisan comrades; traveling to Minsk, Belarus, Biala Podlaska, Poland, Warsaw, Poland, Wilhelmpieckstadt Guben, Germany, Meissen, Germany, Prague, Czech Republic, and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic; being sent to Linz, Austria in November 1945; being sent back to the Soviet Union in May 1946; his job in Grodno, Belarus as a historian in the Grodno regional museum; returning to Leningrad, Soviet Union; and his immigration to Israel in the late 1980s.

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Vladimir Shatzman
interview:  1995 February 16
12 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:13
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