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Oral history interview with Reuven Chefetz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.228 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0228

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

Reuven Chefetz, born in Brest Oblast in the town of Lakhva in 1924, discusses his family; the three synagogues in Lakhva and the lack of antisemitism; various Jewish organizations in area; the arrival of the Soviets in Lakhva in 1939 and many people being sent to Siberia; entrance of the Germans; establishment of the Lakhva ghetto in the fall of 1941; the Judenrat and Jewish police force in the ghetto; working on the railroad in the town of Luninets, Belarus; attempting to escape from the ghetto and being captured and beaten; the liquidation of the ghetto and the suicide of some of the town’s Jews; escaping during the liquidation; hiding in the forest; moving to the partisan zone; working with partisans attacking German troops; working with partisans in Glusk (Hlusk), Belarus in 1944; joining the advancing Soviet Army and fighting to Warsaw, Poland; fighting in Latvia; being wounded in January 1945 and being sent to a hospital in Vilnius, Lithuania; returning to his unit in Konigsberg, Germany; helping to take the town of Pillau (Baltiisk, Russia); being demobilized in December 1945; returning to Lakhva; living in Pinsk, Belarus; and life in Israel.

Interviewee
Reuven Chefetz
Date
1995 April 06  (interview)
Language
Russian
Extent
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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