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Oral history interview with Yahad-In Unum interviewee 792U

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.24.242 | RG Number: RG-50.589.0242

A Ukrainian man born in 1921 discusses events in Khoptyanka, (Khoptianka; about 8km south of Skalat), Ternopil's'ka Oblast, Ukraine; the absence of Jews in Khoptyanka before the war; the arrival of German forces; being arrested and confined in a prison in Skalat, Ukraine; being beaten and accused that he had aided partisans; being transferred to Ternopil', Ukraine, where he was held for six months; being interrogated by a Ukrainian woman who is still living in Skalat; being transferred to L'vov, Poland (L'viv, Ukraine) and then, along with other Ukrainian and Polish prisoners, by freight train to Auschwitz; arriving in Auschwitz, where he and many other prisoners were kept outdoors for four days; the assignment of Jews and non-Jews to separate barracks where all were under "quarantine;" the high death rate among 1,000 prisoners in his barracks; food in the camp; being in the camp for a year and a half then transferred to Buchenwald; working at various construction sites and in a rifle factory; the absence of Jews in Buchenwald, except for three who worked in a prison store; his work in a Messerschmitt factory in Halle; fleeing to Czechoslovakia as the front approached; and being taken by Soviets to L'viv and then to Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where he worked in a mine.

interview:  2009 May 08
creation: Khoptianka (Ukraine)
1 compact disc.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yahad-in Unum
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:52:03
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