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Oral history interview with Naftali Lavie

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

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    Oral history interview with Naftali Lavie


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Naphtali Lau-Lavie
    interview:  1992 May 14
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    8 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.

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    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Naftali Lavie in Israel on May 14, 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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