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Abram Kashtan collection

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    The Abram Kashtan collection contains various documents relating to Abram Kashtan, a Holocaust survivor who hid in a barn for a year before joining with anti-Nazi partisans. Included in the collection are his diary filled with partisan and camp songs, health documents such as an immunization record and health certificate, and identification documents such as identification cards and a certificate of service. Also included is a newspaper copy of an article detailing the story of Cezary Chorążyczewski, who was awarded Yad Vashem’s Righteous Among the Nations for his family’s role in saving Abram Kashtan.
    inclusive:  1945-1983
    Collection Creator
    Abram Kashtan
    Abram Kashtan was living in Poland when his family was killed by Nazis. As a twenty six year old with no family, Abram traveled to the village of Perspa, near Sarny, Poland, where the Chorążyczewski family lived. Ignacy Chorążyczewski had conducted business with Abram’s father in the past, and Abram could think of no one else to turn to. The family agreed to let Abram hide in their barn, despite certain death if he was discovered. Cezary, the eldest of six children in the Chorążyczewski household, would visit Abram daily to talk with him and keep him informed of events. The family also provided Abram with food and clothing. In 1942, after living in the Chorążyczewski barn for a year, rumors were spreading that Nazi collaborators were burning nearby villages. Abram asked Cezary to go with him to the nearby forest, where anti-Nazi partisans were operating. After wandering several kilometers in the forest, Cezary located some of the partisans, and Abram joined with them. Sometime later, the partisans were absorbed into the Soviet Army, where Abram served until the war’s end. He later joined relatives in the United States and lived in Washington D.C.

    Physical Details

    4 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Abram Kashtan collection is arranged as a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    The Abram Kashtan collection was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1992 by his son, Jerry Kashtan.
    Funding Note
    The accessibility of this collection was made possible by the generous donors to our crowdfunded Save Their Stories campaign.
    Special Collection
    Save Their Stories
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    2024-04-11 13:18:40
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