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Oral history interview with Avraham Shpoongin

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.148 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0148

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    Oral history interview with Avraham Shpoongin


    Interview Summary
    Avraham Shpoongin (also Abraham Shpungin), born in 1921 in Yakovshtat (Jekabpils), Latvia, describes his village and the Jewish population; relations between the Jews; studying in Rīga, Latvia in 1939; the Russians entering in 1940; Latvian history and Jewish history in Latvia; being sent to the ghetto in Rīga, where he remained until 1942; the first action on November 30, 1941 (the Rumbula Massacre) and the second action in December 1941; the Judenrat; being taken to Kaiserwald transit camp and conditions there; volunteering with 200 others to work in Dondangen (Dundaga), Latvia, where he stayed from 1943 to 1944; the work and conditions in Dondangen; the advance of the Russian front advanced and hiding with a friend in a peasant’s barn for 11 months until May 1945; life in hiding and the help of peasants; and the German surrender and his liberation.
    Avraham Shpoongin
    interview:  1992 November 13
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

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

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    Personal Name
    Shpungin, Avraham.

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Avraham Shpoongin in Israel on November 13,1992, 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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