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Oral history interview with Vladimir Mordchilevich

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.209 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0209

Vladmimir Mordchilevich, born in 1933 in Minsk, Belarus, discusses his family moving to Moscow, Russia in 1935; his father being arrested in August 1937 and his mother in October 1937; being sent to an orphanage near the city of Vladimir, Russia; not encountering antisemitism as a child; being taken back to Minsk by a teacher; the arrival of German troops in 1941; the establishment of the Minsk ghetto; hiding in a barn with others during a pogrom in November 1941; becoming ill with typhus in the ghetto in January 1942; a section for Jews from Germany in the ghetto; life in the ghetto; sneaking out of the ghetto with other children; leaving ghetto to join the partisans with his brother in May 1943; being taken into the home of a peasant woman; being sent to join 106th family partisan unit that numbered around 150 people; the partisan leader Shalom Zorin; activity in the Nalibocki forest near Lida; being placed in a children's home in Minsk in June 1944 and going to school; being transferred to a children's home in Baranavichy Voblast and being found by his mother; post-war antisemitism; living with his mother in Radashkovichy, 40 km north of Minsk; living with his father in Oshmyany in 1948; moving to Tomsk in Siberia in 1951; moving to Minayevka (in Tomskaia oblast') and life there; mining training; being drafted into the army in 1955; life in the army; enrollment in music school; move to Gomel, Belarus; moving to Kharkov (Kharkiv), Ukraine; and immigrating to Israel in the 1990s.

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Vladimir Mordchilevich
interview:  1995 June 08
14 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:28:53
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