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Oral history interview with Tova Gurevitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.54 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0054

Tova Gurevitz, born in Vilna, Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania), describes her observant family and their life in Vilna; the occupation of Vilna on September 1, 1939 by Russians who turned the city over to Lithuanian rule; life in the Vilna ghetto, particularly cultural activities; the music song in the ghetto; deportations from the ghetto to Estonia and the Ponari massacre; leaving the ghetto shortly before its liquidation and spending eight continuous months hiding with ten others in a hole dug under a pig's stall, which was owned by a peasant family that was paid for this accommodation; how they occupied themselves, writing a diary, and the risks they took; moving to another hiding place for two months; eventually being captured by the Russians and returned to Vilna at the end of July 1944; being recruited to teach children Hebrew; going to Łódź, Germany, Prague, and Paris in order to care for Jewish children and to prepare them for immigration to Palestine; and settling in Israel and her adaptation to that country.


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Interviewee
Tova Gurevitz
Date
interview:  1992 August 21
Language
Hebrew
Extent
7 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:23
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