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Oral history interview with Yahad-In Unum interviewee 1B

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.24.313 | RG Number: RG-50.589.0313

A Belarusian Jewish man, born in 1927, discusses his experiences in Minsk, Belarus before and during WWII; the numerous Jews in Minsk before the war; Jewish life before the war; the suppressions under Stalin; the Soviet denationalization attempts to create one “Soviet nation”; locals preparing for the occupation and battles; the German occupation; the registering of Jews, and the murder of most Jews who registered with the government; the creation of the Minsk ghetto; some Jews arriving from other countries; Jews not being allowed to walk outside the ghetto by themselves; life in the ghetto; the bombing and burning of the city; the pogroms, which included the involvement of many Lithuanian Polizei; the Jews in hiding; the burning of corpses; the concentration camp on Shirokaya (Shirokaia) street, where he lived; his life in the camp, which was a transit camp; the deportations to death camps; mass murders in the ghetto and camp; the hangings; and escaping from the camp.

interview:  2008 March 18
creation: Minsk (Belarus)
1 compact disc.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yahad-in Unum
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:53:54
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