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Oral history interview with Arie Troitze

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.235 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0235

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

Arie Troitze, born in Švencionėliai, Lithuania in 1926, describes growing up in a comfortable, moderately observant Jewish home; attending Yiddish school; anti-Jewish violence; the pogroms began in 1938, during which the windows of his home were broken; the Soviet occupation beginning in 1939, and the Jews experienced many changes; his brothers' fleeing to the Soviet Union; his father's murder in a mass killing in the forest; being left with his mother; being in round-up with his mother, aunt, and uncle to the Polygon; his mother pushing him to join another child being taken away (everyone else was killed in a mass shooting); living in the Svencionys ghetto with relatives for one and a half years; a visit by Abba Kovner and his contact with Yitzhak Arad; being transferred to Vilnius; non-Jews hiding him and two cousins; returning to the ghetto and living in an orphanage; being transferred to Vivikoni; slave labor repairing train tracks; frequent beatings; transfer by ship from Tallinn to Stutthof; prisoners throwing Kapos overboard; being badly beaten in Stutthof and barely avoiding being sent to the crematorium; being transferred to Buchenwald in late 1944; being hospitalized and witnessing cruel experimental medical procedures; joining a Polish prisoner group to escape selection; returning to the Jewish barracks; hiding in a sewer during selections; joining Polish non-Jewish prisoners upon emerging; liberation by United States troops; working as a translator for the Soviets; participating in arrests of SS; brief imprisonment for suspected collaboration; traveling to Vilnius; a cousin informing him of one brother's death and warning him to flee; joining a Deror kibbutz in Vilna; finding his other brother in Lódz, Poland; moving to Eschwege displaced persons camp; immigrating to Israel in 1949; his marriage and children; visiting Vilnius; helping to organize monuments at the Polygon, where his father had been killed; and nightmares resulting from his experience. He also shows photographs.

Interviewee
Arie Troitze
Language
Hebrew
Extent
7 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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