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Oral history interview with Shemshihu Spivack

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.152 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0152

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Shemshihu Spivack (born in Lithuania in 1920) discusses his family’s move to Palestine and return to Kaunas, Lithuania when he was nine years old; the Soviet Union occupation and trying to escape the Russians; the Germans invading and Lithuanians bombing everything while fleeing; the Germans placing all Jews in the ghetto in Kaunas; going out and trading goods of other ghetto residents for food; the Altestenrat dividing the community and the various abuses towards the groups; mistreatment from the police force; forced labor; the liquidation of the ghetto; being deported to Stutthof; being sent to Landshut, Mühldorf, and Waldlager; escaping from the trains after being forced from Waldlager; liberation by the Americans; being taken to Waldheim, Germany and then to a hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, where he recuperated; and his views of antisemitic Lithuanians.

Interviewee
Shemshihu Spivack
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-03-14 09:15:32
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