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Oral history interview with Ya'akov Michaeli

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

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.

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Michaeli, Ya'akov
interview:  1993 July 05
9 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:19:01
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