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Oral history interview with Shoshana Bak

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.303 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0303

Shoshana Bak, born in Belz, Ukraine on January 16, 1933, describes her family-owned store before the war; her family’s orthodoxy; experiencing occupation under the Russians and the Germans; her father’s death during an “action” by the Germans; living in a small ghetto near her grandparents’ village until she went into hiding; being captured after eighteen months of hiding; going, with her mother, to the Kamionka ghetto and then the Lvov ghetto; being transported to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen; going to a displaced persons camp in Sweden with her mother; learning that her sister had survived the war; immigrating to Israel in 1946 and meeting her sister there in 1947; serving in the Israeli Army and marrying a man who had not survived the camps; not talking about her war experiences until she was summoned to testify at a Nazi criminal trial in 1967; and not losing her faith in Judaism after the war.

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Shoshana Bak
interview:  1996 November 07
4 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 09:45:52
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