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Oral history interview with Moshe Kravitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.272 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0272

Moshe Kravitz, born in Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania in 1931, describes his family, including his middle class parents and his older brother; attending a Hebrew-speaking school; how his parents were not very religious, not communists, nor Zionists; not experiencing antisemitism; the Germans entering in June 1941; he and his family escaping on bicycles toward the Russian border and returning after three weeks; their apartment being occupied by Germans; moving into the ghetto, where they lived for three years; Aktions in the ghetto; his family being deported and he and his father being sent to Lansdberg; being taken later to Dachau; being sent to Birkenau; being transported with 25 youth to an agricultural farm about 90 km from Auschwitz; being marched towards Buchenwald as the front began to approach; his arrival and time at Buchenwald prior to liberation; recovering in Switzerland and reconnecting with his mother; immigrating to Palestine in 1946; his early years in Israel as a member of the Youth Aliya; Mikveh Agricultural School; joining the youth Hagana organization; and in 1948, serving two years in the Israeli army. Mr. Kravitz reads from his own writings from the 1940s during the interview.


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Interviewee
Moshe Kravitz
Date
interview:  1996 January 28
Language
Hebrew
Extent
6 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:29:08
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