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Oral history interview with Moshe Shutan

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.146 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0146

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    Oral history interview with Moshe Shutan


    Interview Summary
    Moshe Shutan, born in Svencionys, Lithuania, describes his Bundist family; the arrival of the Germans and some of the Jews obtaining some weapons; hearing Radio Moscow encouraging youth to fight as Partisans in August 1941; also hearing Radio London and Radio Jerusalem; how he and others hid in the ghetto and were not on the official roster of inhabitants; joining the partisans in the Vilna Ghetto; his first assignment was to procure weapons; the various partisan groups and the politics involved with each; the poets Kacherzinsky and Sutzkever joining the partisans; the activities of the partisans in the winter 1944; encountering a retreating German Army on the way to Pleshtchenitz (Pleshchenitsy), Belarus with a Red Army detail; receiving an order to rejoin all other partisans in Minsk, Belarus; being stricken with typhoid fever and sent to the hospital in Minsk, where he stayed for over a month; being inducted into the Red Army in Minsk; leaving Russia in December 1946 through Poland, Czechoslovakia, France, and Cyprus; being detained in Cyprus for two years; and finally arriving in Israel in January 1949.
    Moshe Shutan
    interview:  1993 May 02
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

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

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    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Moshe Shotan in Israel on May 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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