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Oral history interview with Mordechai Zeidel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.177 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0177

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Mordechai Zeidel, born 1926 in Svenicionys, Lithuania, discusses his family; the arrival of the Germans; escaping to camp Poligon; returning to the ghetto Vilnius; going to Ponar by truck; his cutting trees and dig pits to burn the bodies from the mass graves; the killing of a group of Dutch Jews; escaping from the camp; joining a group of Jewish partisans; escaping an ambush and making it to the Rudninkai forest to Abba Kovner’s partisan unit; life with the partisans; life under the Russians; how he had been sent to Ignalina, Lithuania while his family was sent to Siewierz; participating in the battle to liberate Vilnius; being recruited to the NKVD; going to Palestine and the group he was traveling with; the effects of his Holocaust and World War II experiences; the difficult adjustment to Israel; and telling his children about his experiences.

Interviewee
Mordechai Zeidel
Date
1993 June 25  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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