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Oral history interview with Ben-Tzion Dagan

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.233 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0233

Ben-Tzion Dagan, born in 1927 in Lakhva in western Belarus, discusses his family life; belonging to the Shomer Haleumi movement (part of Hashomer Hatzair); antisemitism he experienced; being sent to build an air strip in Kobryn, near Brisk, just before the war began; the Germans arriving; the men of Lakhva being forced to work; the creation of the ghetto; doing blacksmith work on the railroads and repairing bridges destroyed by the withdrawal of the Russians; working 20km outside the city on September 2, 1942; details about the uprising in the Lakhva ghetto and the loss most of his family; witnessing many suicides; going to Shlakhta, where a Pole unsuccessfully tried to capture him; finding partisans but not being accepted because of his youth; wandering with a friend and passing into Poland; joining partisans in 1943; life with the partisans; antisemitism among the partisans; going to Bialystok and stopping in Lakhva on the way; being mobilized into the Red Army in 1944 and serving for seven years; being sent to a forced labor camp in 1950; immigrating to Israel in 1959; and meeting his brother in Israel.

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Ben-Tzion Dagan
interview:  1995 April 06
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:28:57
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