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Oral history interview with Shemshihu Spivack

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

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    Oral history interview with Shemshihu Spivack


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Shemshihu Spivack
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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

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

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    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Shemshihu Spivack in Israel 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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