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Oral history interview with Henry Bermanis

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0341

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

Henry Bermanis, born on January 5, 1925 in Ventspils, Latvia, describes growing up in a religious family; moving to Riga, Latvia in his early childhood; being forced to move into a ghetto in September 1941; working in the harbor and the gun powder tower in the ghetto; joining the pro-Soviet underground and gathering intelligence until the ghetto was liquidated in 1943; his deportation to the Kaiserwald concentration camp for a few weeks; helping to build the camp and then being hired as an electrician; his transfer to Riga to work on a German military airfield, where he sabotaged planes and gathered military information for his underground contact at the airfield; the liquidation of the camp in September 1944 and going to Stutthof, where he stayed for four weeks before being transported to Magdeburg Brabag to work in a munitions factory, which he helped to sabotage; his liberation by the United States Army on April 11, 1945; and immigrating to the United States in April 1946.

Interviewee
Mr. Henry Bermanis
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1995 July 12  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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