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Oral history interview with Uri Chanoch

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.112.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0660

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Uri Chanoch, born March 28, 1928 in Kaunas, Lithuania, describes a happy prewar family life, speaking Russian, Lithuanian, Yiddish, and Hebrew at home; his father’s business as a wood merchant; his mother’s positive attitude about everything; how Lithuanian society was completely segregated so that he had no non-Jewish friends; his close relationship with the family’s nanny; a reunion with the nanny’s daughter in 1995; the Russian evacuation of the city when the Germans arrived; German forces barricading Jewish men in one synagogue and then burning it down; spending three weeks barricaded in another synagogue with approximately 150 people; conditions during the confinement; the actions of Lithuanians in rounding up the Jewish population; returning to Kaunas and finding that everyone had disappeared, the mass killing of the Jewish community at the Ninth Fort; and life in the ghetto where he worked as a messenger for a German work office.

Interviewee
Uri Chanoch
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2010 July 12  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:21:44
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