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Oral history interview with Aron Derman

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0299

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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.

Interviewee
Aron Derman
Interviewer
Sandra Bradley
Date
1994 November 30  (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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