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Oral history interview with Jay Ipson

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1990.359 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0359

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    Oral history interview with Jay Ipson


    Interview Summary
    Jay Ipson, born June 5, 1935, in Slobodka (Vilijampolė), Lithuania, describes growing up in religious, well-off family; his father's attempts to move his family to Russia but being turned back at the border; losing their home in the move and moving in with his grandmother, whose house was in the Kaunas ghetto; witnessing the deportations from the ghetto; escaping the ghetto with his mother and father in November 1943; hiding in a farmer's hay wagon and then in one room under the care of a poor, religious Polish Catholic family; his father's construction of a hiding place under the Polish family's potato patch; hiding with all of his extended family in the underground bunker; being liberated by the Russian army; moving back to Kaunas with his parents; attending Jewish school; being forced to run away from Kaunas after his father was declared an enemy of the Soviet Republic; changing his last name to Butremovitch and getting false papers; hiding with a Jewish family in White Russia; leaving Warsaw, Poland and traveling to Germany; receiving help from a German man to cross the border to the American occupied-zone of Germany; living with a German family in Prinz Regenten Strasse in Munich for nine months; immigrating to the United States to live with his aunt in Richmond, VA in June 1947; and joining the US military during the Korean War and becoming a colonel in command of an aviation unit.
    Jay Ipson
    Randy M. Goldman
    interview:  1995 December 03

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

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    Personal Name
    Ipson, Jay, 1935-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Jay Ipson on December 2, 1995.
    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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