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Oral history interview with Naftali Lavie

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.84 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0084

Naftali Lavie, born on June 23, 1926, in Kraków, Poland, describes living in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland; how his father was the rabbi of the community in 1935; his Bar Mitzvah in July 1939 in Krakow and what he saw on the way to Krakow and Jewish life in the city; the beginning of the war, including bombings and people fleeing to Russia; the creation, operation, and liquidation of the ghetto there; violence in the ghetto; the burning of synagogues; the expanding population in Piotrków Trybunalski and a typhus epidemic; life in Auschwitz, where he stayed in Block 23 for forty days; Birkenau and how he got out; hearing stories about Chelmno; transports from the ghetto to Treblinka; being transported from the ghetto to Czestochowa with his brother; being evacuated and sent to Buchenwald; the things he carried in his bag; being in Block 52 in Buchenwald then transferred to Block 8; his several jobs; working in Dora-Mittelbau; escaping from an evacuation train; going to Jena, Germany; coming down with typhoid fever; recuperating in a sanitarium in France, near Normandy; and his immigration to Palestine.

Lau-Lavie, Naphtali
interview:  1992 May 14
8 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:18:59
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