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Oral history interview with Simcha Byalovitz

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.27 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0027

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    Oral history interview with Simcha Byalovitz


    Interview Summary
    Simcha Byalovitz, born in 1912, discusses his childhood and family in Izbica, Poland; the outbreak of the war; joining the Polish army as a medic; being taken to a work camp; returning as a medic to the hospital in Izbica during a typhoid epidemic; being deported to Sobibor in April 1943; working in Sobibor’s pharmacy; learning the fate of his family; escaping from Sobibor; surviving in a village near Izbica; being liberated by the Soviets; post-war antisemitism in Poland; moving to Berlin, Germany and then Heidenheim, Germany; immigrating to Israel; and his testimony in war crimes trials for Wagner and Frenzel.
    Simcha Byalovitz
    Nathan Beyrak
    interview:  1992 May 13
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    Restrictions on access. Interview is viewable onsite at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum only.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interview cannot be used in publication without the consent of the interviewee or his/her heirs.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Byalovitz, Simcha, 1912-

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Simcha Byalovitz in Israel on May 13, 1992, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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