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Oral history interview with Solly Ganor

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.268 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0268

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

Solly Ganor, born on May 18, 1928 in a small town of Heydekrug (Šilutė, Lithuania), describes his early life, the family's move to Kovno (Kaunas, Lithuania), and his encounter with the Japanese consul, Chiune Sugihara; his family’s attempt to flee Russia, but without success; returning to Kovno and ending up in a ghetto in Slobodka (Vilijampole), Lithuania; becoming involved with underground work; hiding books; working at the airport under harsh conditions; the relationship between the Judenrat and the chief rabbi; the Judenrat making of list of people to send to Riga, Latvia; the beginning of Jewish resistance in the ghetto; the relative quiet in the ghetto from 1942 to 1943; the ghetto orchestra; deportations to Estonia; his cousins joining Chaim Yellin’s partisans; the killings in the 9th Fort; his sister's release from the Nazis; a story about Joseph Kagan; being ordered to evacuate the ghetto in July 1944; being taken to Stutthof and later to an outer camp of Dachau, Camp 10 (Kaufering X in Utting am Ammersee, Germany); his father working in the concrete plant; witnessing the suicide of a Jew who pushed a cruel German into pouring concrete; lice in the camp; burying the dead; celebrating his father's birthday with a surprise party; being instructed to take inmates to Dachau in April 1945; evacuating from Dachau along with 8,000 other Jews on a death march; being liberated by Japanese American soldiers; translating for the American doctors who were treating survivors; being sent with his father to recuperate; going to Munich, Germany; working for the American army as a translator in the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC); working for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. (UNNRA); leaving Germany and boarding a ship in Marseilles, France; arriving in Haifa, Israel in June 1948; and his first years in Israel.

Interviewee
Solly Ganor
Date
1995 December 14  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
15 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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