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Oral history interview with Chanoch Vilenchik

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.306 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0306

Chanoch Vilenchik, born in Vilna, Poland (presently Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1920, describes being the oldest of five children; attending a Jewish school; antisemitic harassment; working in a leather store; his active participation in Hashomer Hatzair (Abba Kovner was his group's leader); Lithuanian independence; fleeing briefly to relatives in Lida, Belarus and Maladzechna, Belarus; returning home; the German invasion; the killing of Jews; fleeing to Ashmiany, Belarus; returning when he was caught; ghettoization; forced labor in a dairy factory; smuggling food; obtaining a pistol; participating in the organized resistance; contacts with Yitzhak Wittenberg; hiding in a bunker with his family for two months; their discovery; escaping to the forest; joining the partisans; battles with Germans and the Armia Krajowa; executing captured German soldiers; cooperating with Soviet partisans; liberation by Soviet troops; assignment to locate war criminals in Kaliningrad, Russia; returning home; his marriage; the births of his two daughters; immigrating to Israel in 1957; and how revenge was one of his motivations in the partisans and postwar period.

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Chanoch Vilenchik
interview:  1996 November 08
2 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 09:29:13
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