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Oral history interview with Moshe Messer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.345 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0345

Moshe Messer, born in 1927 in Włodzimierz Wołynski, Poland (Volodymyr-Volyns'kyi, Ukraine), describes living a traditional life; being one of four children; the relationship between Jews and Ukrainians; his education; celebrating Jewish holidays; the 1939 Russian occupation and refugees being sent to Siberia; the German invasion in 1941; the consolidation of the Jews into a ghetto; the imposed selections for work groups on the Jews of the town; the conditions of living and working in the ghetto until his family decided to go into hiding; how he and his family were discovered in their hiding place and were separated; joining some of his friends and escaping to the forest with the help of a Polish friend; making contact with partisans, who were antisemitic; he and his friends meeting an advance patrol of the Russian Army and were told to march towards Rovno, Poland (Rivne, Ukraine); being unable to find any relatives after the war and deciding to move to Lublin, Poland; immigrating to Palestine in 1948 with the help of Jewish relief groups; his enlistment to fight the Egyptian Army in the Israeli War for Independence; his later release from the army; marrying in 1953; and having three children.

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Moshe Messer
interview:  1998 May 07
10 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:29:21
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