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Oral history interview with Avraham Shpoongin

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

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.

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Shpoongin, Avraham
interview:  1992 November 13
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:19:06
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