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Oral history interview with Harold Zissman

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0331

Harold Zissman describes his memories of working in the partisan movement; the various names for Soviet partisans and Polish partisans; his partisan group’s contact with the Soviet Army; frequently being surrounded by German forces while hiding in the forest and having to fight them off from 1943 to 1944; experiencing battles in Ruda Śląska, Poland and Kazloŭshchyna, Belarus; the number of people in and the composition of his partisan group; becoming a platoon leader and working with other groups in the forest; discovering that he had lost his entire family during the war; working with the Russians in the KGB after the war; getting married on January 5, 1945; his travels across Europe after the war and interacting with people who had survived the camps; immigrating to the United States in February 1948; participating in the Jewish community in America and feeling closer to his religion; and dealing with his memories of the past in his present life.

Interviewee
Harold Zissman
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1995 May 24  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
11 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection