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Oral history interview with Chaia Boiman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.240 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0240

Chaia Boiman, born in 1924 in Lachwa (Lakhva), Belarus, discusses her childhood family life; participating in a Zionist youth group with her sisters; one brother's emigration to Palestine in 1933; Soviet occupation; attending a Soviet school; confiscation of her father's store; German invasion; her brother's capture while fighting in the Polish Army and his escape and return; her father's assignment to the Judenrat, led by Dov Lopatin, which met at their home; her father's resignation; her father secretly trading for food with non-Jews and supplying it to others; ghettoization in 1942; forced labor; her brothers organizing resistance with Itshak Rokhchin; escaping during the ghetto uprising; joining a partisan unit with her brother and other escapees; several partisan commanders and their activities; building a forest bunker; conflicts with antisemitic partisans; her brother avenging their family's murders through actions against Germans and collaborators; the death of her brother during battle with the Germans; liberation by Soviet troops in Luninets, Belarus; returning home; visiting her brothers' graves in Lakhva; returning home; visiting her brothers' graves in Lakhva; returning to Luninets; her marriage; working in a Soviet field hospital; following the front to Swiebodzin, Poland; traveling to Łódź, Poland; traveling illegally to Berlin, then Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; illegal immigration to Palestine on the Exodus; being captured by the British; being returned to France; transferring to Pöppendorf, Sengwarden, then Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camps; legally immigrating to Palestine; reuniting with her brother; the births of two daughters; and learning about the fate of her parents and several siblings. She also shows photographs.

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Chaia Boiman
interview:  1995 May 08
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:41
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