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Oral history interview with Herman Wajcman

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0243

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Herman Wajcman, born on January 10, 1925 in Kielce, Poland, describes his family and childhood; the beginning of the war and his father losing his trucking business; moving to Tuchyn and then Lwów with his family but soon returning to Kielce because Jews were not welcome anywhere; moving back to Tuchyn in 1942 and getting a job in a factory, where he and a few others built a bunker; moving into the ghetto in 1942 but still being able to leave and work in the factory; going to Rovno (Rivne, Ukraine), hearing about the mass murder of Jews there, and at one point being in the same room with Alfred Rosenberg and Erich Koch; hiding in a graveyard during a mass shooting by the Nazis and escaping to the woods; meeting Ukrainian partisans but not being allowed to join the group; getting taken in by a group of Russian partisans and trained to attack the Germans; meeting and joining the Russian Army at the beginning of 1944; attending a Russian tank school to learn how to drive a tank and fight; and returning to Poland after the war to discover the fates of his family members.

Interviewee
Herman Wajcman
Interviewer
Jonathan Band
Date
1991 July 08  (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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