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Oral history interview with Dov Dafner

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0283

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

Dov Dafner, born on August 27, 1916 in Sosnowiec, Poland, describes working as a professional soccer player in his youth; enlisting in the Polish Army in 1938; experiencing antisemitism before and during his time in the army; fighting near Lwów, Poland (L'viv, Ukraine) against the Germans until they captured him; being turned over to the Soviets because of the Nazi-Soviet Pact; his deportation to Kraków, Poland, where he escaped en route with the help of two young Polish women; being captured by KGB agents and deported to Siberia to work as a logger in the Yakutsk region of Russia in June 1940; his transport to the Ural Mountains in Uzbekistan, where he worked as a machinist until 1944; going into the Polish Army under the Red Army command after the Siege of Stalingrad; returning to Sosnowiec in March 1945; meeting his wife on a train in Silesia; immigrating to Palestine, where he fought for Israel in 1948 and 1956; and immigrating to the United States in 1960.

Interviewee
Dov Dafner
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1994 September 12  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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