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Oral history interview with Leonid Okon

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

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    Oral history interview with Leonid Okon


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Leonid Okon
    interview:  1993 July 02
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

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

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    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Leonid Okon in Israel on July 2, 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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