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Oral history interview with Abe Resnick

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0292

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

Abe Resnick, born on February 27, 1924 in Lithuania, describes his family and his town’s Jewish community; his move to Kaunas to live with his grandparents to attend school; participating in the Jewish Boy Scouts in Kaunas; the Russian invasion of Lithuania in 1939; the German invasion and establishment of a ghetto; being forced to carry loads of sugar to a Gestapo storage place and being yelled at for taking some for himself; Austrian and Czechoslovakian Jews being transported into the Kaunas ghetto to enter its forced labor brigades in 1941; having little awareness as to what was happening to European Jews; the contact that the ghetto had with outside partisan and underground forces; escaping from the ghetto with four other people in 1944; separating from his group and joining a group of Russian partisans; his liberation by Russian troops and accompanying them back to the Kaunas ghetto, where he retrieved some lost photographs from the burnt remains of his house; taking a job with the Russian army as an interpreter in Lithuanian and Russian; helping the Russian troops liberate Sachsenhausen; escaping to the British zone of occupation, where he found someone to make him false papers that would get him to France, where he stayed for eight months; immigrating to Cuba on August 1, 1947; and settling in the United States.

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