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Oral history interview with Mordechai Zeidel

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

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    Oral history interview with Mordechai Zeidel


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Mordechai Zeidel
    interview:  1993 June 25
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

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

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    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Mordechai Zeidel in Israel on June 25, 1993, 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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