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Oral history interview with Israel Ipson

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0357

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

Israel Ipson, born on March 15, 1911 in Kaunas, Lithuania, describes his education and childhood; the German invasion of Lithuania on June 22, 1941; the close-in of the Kaunas ghetto on August 15, 1941; the selections that began in September 1941 and saving his sister from one of them; telling the Gestapo that he was an automobile mechanic, which saved his life because it opened up many work opportunities under the Germans; working as a mechanic; going into hiding after the children’s selection; hiding in a farmer’s basement with his wife and son; the death of his mother and sister in a ghetto house fire; hiding underground at another farm and then with various friends and acquaintances until his liberation by the Russians in 1944; going to Moscow, Russia and then Munich, Germany after the war; and immigrating to the United States in 1947.

Interviewee
Israel Ipson
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1995 December 03  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:14:46
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