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Oral history interview with Aron Derman

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0299

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    Oral history interview with Aron Derman


    Interview Summary
    Aron Derman (né Dereczynski), born in 1922 in Slonim, Belarus, describes growing up in a religious town; becoming active in the Zionist youth organization Ha'shomer Ha'Tzair; the Soviet occupation of Slonim from 1939 to June 21, 1941, when Slonim came under German control; entering the Slonim ghetto in July 1941; his selection for slave labor outside of the ghetto and smuggling goods and arms into the ghetto; a second Aktion in the ghetto on November 14, 1941 where 10,000 Jews were taken and killed in nearby Chepelevo, Belarus; escaping the ghetto with his family and future wife Lisa to Vaŭkavysk, Belarus; going to the Hrodna ghetto in Belarus to reunite with Lisa; establishing connections outside of the ghetto and escaping to Vilnius, Lithuania in March 1943; joining the Kalininsky Otriad partisan unit and remaining in the forest until the Soviet Army liberated them in 1944; returning to Poland with his wife and her father; posing as Greeks and traveling to Italy with the help of Beriḥah, an organization based in Palestine that assisted survivors; marrying Lisa in 1947 in Rome, Italy; and immigrating to the United States, where they had three children.
    Aron Derman
    Sandra Bradley
    interview:  1994 November 30
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

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    Oral histories.
    5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    Sandra Bradley, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Aron Derman on November 30, 1994. This interview is one of 51 oral histories included in the Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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