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Oral history interview with Raphael Aronson

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0289

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Raphael Aronson, born in 1918 in Kaunas, Lithuania, describes attaining his commission as a lieutenant in the Lithuanian Army before the war; studying as an architecture student in Kaunas in 1939; being forced to enter the Kaunas ghetto on June 21, 1941 and getting married later that year; being discovered during the July 8, 1944 Aktion in the Kaunas ghetto and being separated from his wife; his deportation to Dachau and then to Landsberg, where he worked as a carpenter; being liberated during a forced march by the US Army; traveling to Dresden, Germany but being imprisoned by the Soviets; escaping from the Soviets and traveling to Graz, Austria, where he was detained by the British in order to prevent him from traveling to Palestine; receiving permission to move to Linz, Austria but instead going to Lódz, Poland in an attempt to immigrate to Palestine; reuniting with his wife; and immigrating to the United States in 1947.

Interviewee
Raphael Aronson
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1994 September 22  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection