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Oral history interview with Leonid Okon

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.116 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0116

Leonid Issakovich Okon, born in 1929 in Minsk, Belarus, describes his family; the purges in the late 1930s; the bombing of Minsk when the war started; the German entrance into the city on June 28, 1941 and the hanging of Jews in those first days; the pogroms; the creation of a ghetto; how in 1942 Germans brought Jews from Hamburg and put them in a separate area of the ghetto; working at the Kroll factory carrying cement bags; how in early 1942, a Russian woman, whom his mother paid, took Leonid to the woods, where he found three partisans (two groups included the Belski and Zorin units); performing various missions inside the ghetto that included carrying messages and radio equipment; seeing the hanging of his mother and brother in Minsk; partisan operations and German attacks; joining a group of Soviet Army intelligence agents, who parachuted into partisan territory and served as their guide; how after Minsk was liberated he learned that his father was still alive; the post-war period investigations by the KGB; and his immigration to Israel.

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Okon, Leonid
interview:  1993 July 02
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:52:40
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