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Oral history interview with Michał Szpila

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.308 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0308

Michał Szpila, born in 1931 in Bobowa, Poland, describes the prewar Jewish community of Bobowa; the German invasion of Poland and life under the occupation; restictions placed upon the Jewish population under German occupation; the Jewish ghetto; his mother giving food to the Jews in the ghetto; witnessing transports of Jews traveling from south to north, including some Jews attempting to escape from the transports; witnessing incidents of both individual and mass executions; a mass shooting of Jewish men in 1942 by German soldiers; the liquidation of the ghetto in 1942; individual Jews hiding with Polish townspeople or in the forest; the pacification of the Polish villages Stroźna and Wilczyska by German soldiers.

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Michał Szpila
interview:  2010 May 05
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:46:08
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