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Oral history interview with Moshe Shoham

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.314 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0314

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

Moshe Shoham, a twin, born in 1929 in Kaunas, Lithuania, recounts his mother's dental practice; his family's affluence; attending a Hebrew school; summering in Kulautuva; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; Soviet occupation; compulsory membership in Komsomol; German invasion in June 1941; ghettoization; round-up of his father, uncle, and grandmother (they never saw them again); working as a carpenter and handyman; his mother hiding him and his twin brother during round-ups; his and his mother's assignments to factory slave labor; his mother treating patients; their deportation to Stutthof, where the women left the train, including his mother; continuing to Dachau with his twin, uncle, and cousin; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau ten days later; slave labor collecting corpses; a death march to Althammer; separation from his twin en route to Mauthausen (he never saw him again); assignment to the tent barrack; observing cannibalism; transfer to Gunskirchen; receiving Red Cross packages; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Wels; traveling with the Jewish brigade to Santa Maria di Leuca, then Naples; living in a Deror group; legal immigration to Palestine in 1945; military enlistment in 1948; his twenty-eight-year career as an army engineer; and reuniting with his mother when she immigrated to Israel in 1956. (He reads from a book in which the author describes meeting Mr. Shoham in Italy.)

Interviewee
Moshe Shoham
Date
1996 December 05  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
5 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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