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Oral history interview with Leon Shachnovski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0159.1 | RG Number: RG-50.472.0001

Leon Shachnovski, a Munich representative for the ORT Displaced Persons convention in Paris, discusses his arrest by the Germans in August 1941 and his time in the Kovno (Kaunas) ghetto; the mass execution of 12,000 Jews from the Kovno ghetto in one day, including his parents; his participation in forced labor at the airdrome along with Russian prisoners near Kovno; his deportation to Dachau concentration camp and his time working as a "specialist technician" in the various shops in Dachau; his recollections of how some prisoners were killed while working on several construction projects in the camp; and his time working in the Messersmith (Messerschmidt) subcamp of Dachau in Augsburg, Germany.
The tape begins with a brief conversation between David Boder and Michail Vasilievich Khichenko, janitor for the ORT offices in Paris. This conversation is unrelated to the interview with Leon Shachnovski.

Interviewee
Leon Shachnovski
Interviewer
David P. Boder
Date
1946 July 29  (interview)
Language
Russian
Extent
1 sound cassette : analog.
1 transcript.
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from the Library of Congress
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:37:20
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