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Oral history interview with Moshe Kravitz

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

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

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.

Interviewee
Moshe Kravitz
Date
1996 January 28  (interview)
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
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