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Oral history interview with Jelizaveta Dolenga-Vzhzosek

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.437.9 | RG Number: RG-50.674.0009

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Jelizaveta Dolenga-Vzhzosek, born in 1929 in Warsaw, Poland, describes fleeing the German invasion of Poland in 1939; traveling with her family to Baranovichi and then Stolovichi in Belarus; the large community of Jewish refugees in Stolovichi; the German occupation of the region; the relocation of Jews to a ghetto; living conditions in the ghetto in Domashevichi village; forced labor of Jewish men; the liquidation of ghetto in Solovichi; her mother’s work for the Partisans; hiding Richard Vanger (Ryszard Wanger), a young Jewish boy, in their small home; Richard’s hiding place under a bed, where he remained whenever someone, including policemen and soldiers, entered the home; the participation of local policemen in the massacre of Jews; the looting of Jewish belongings by local citizens; her mother’s involvement in hiding the children of a rabbi in a nearby shed; the discovery and murder of one of the children by an SS soldier; her mother’s imprisonment in Koldychevo concentration camp in 1944; caring for Jewish children in hiding after the arrest of her mother; the torture of her mother by the camp’s guards; her mother’s return from the camp and later arrest and harsh treatment by the Soviets; her mother’s death six months after her release; and the long-term effects of the war on her family.

Interviewee
Jelizaveta Dolenga-Vzhzosek
Date
2011 August 17
Extent
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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