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Oral history interview with Ya'akov Michaeli

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.106 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0106

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    Oral history interview with Ya'akov Michaeli


    Interview Summary
    Ya'akov Michaeli, born in Warsaw, Poland, in December 1929, describes his family; the beginning of World War II and going to live with an aunt in the Praga neighborhood, where he worked; having to go back to the ghetto in Warsaw; the typhus epidemic; how he and other youngsters sold things outside the ghetto and smuggled food; escaping to a village from the ghetto with the assistance of a Polish woman; passing as a Christian and working as a shepherd; receiving a false birth certificate from a Polish friend in Praga; moving back to Warsaw, living with a Polish woman, and working as a trader; the ghetto uprising; remaining in Praga; the German retreat in August 1944 and the Russians arrival; joining the Polish underground; being taken prisoner by the Nazis; the POW camp near an Opel factory; his transfer to camp Milberg, where he worked in an airplane factory near Dresden, Germany; being freed on May 3; his work at the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) camp in Italy; and his immigration to Israel.
    Ya'akov Michaeli
    interview:  1993 July 05
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

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

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Michaeli, Ya'akov, 1929-

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Ya'akov Michaeli in Israel on July 5, 1993, 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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