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Oral history interview with Israel Gruzin

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0088

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Israel Gruzin, born in Slobodka (Vilijampolė), Lithuania on December 28, 1928, describes his family; attending cheder as a child; heading towards Latvia in 1941 on a horse and buggy because they feared the German arrival in Lithuania; having to return to Slobodka because the bridge they wanted to cross was destroyed; moving into the Kovno ghetto and doing forced labor at an old school; being deported with his father and his brother to Dachau in 1943; his mother’s deportation to Stutthof; his transfer to Landsberg, where he had to build barracks; being forced on a death march with his father in April 1945 but being abandoned by the Germans because American troops were approaching; his liberation on May 2, 1945; and marrying his wife in a displaced persons camp; and immigrating to the United States shortly after the war.

Interviewee
Israel Gruzin
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
1994 June 30  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:58:03
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