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Oral history interview with Isaac Kowalski

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0118

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Isaac Kowalski, born in 1920 in Vilnius, Lithuania, describes his family and childhood; contacting the Zionist Betar organization after the German invasion in hopes of receiving help to fight against the Germans; coming up with money to buy weapons from the Zionist Betar organization; keeping a printing press in the ghetto to print leaflets and an underground magazine; making contact with a German officer named Antone Schmidt, who was willing to help the underground until he was caught and killed; the massacres in Vilnius that began in 1941; escaping to the nearby forest to fight with the partisans and blow up bridges; keeping the printing press with him in the forest; being ordered to help liberate the people of Vilnius; and developing a new understanding of Jewish life after the war.

Interviewee
Isaac Kowalski
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1991 September 21  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (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 11:01:52
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