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Oral history interview with Leon Chameides

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0266 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0029

Leon Chameides, born on June 24, 1935 in Katowice, Poland, discusses life in hiding at the Univ monastery in the Ukraine; his liberation from hiding by the Russians; traveling to Lwów (L'viv, Ukraine); his reunion with his brother; staying with family members until the end of the war; moving to western Poland to escape Stalin; the black market in Poland; immigrating to England; daily life in Newcastle, where he lived for three years; immigrating to the United States on the Queen Elizabeth I; daily life in Brooklyn, NY; remembering the Holocaust and his views on being a survivor; getting married and moving to Boston, MA; joining the Coast Guard and moving to Ohio; raising his family in Connecticut; reconnecting with others that hid in the monastery during the war; going back to Poland; and his thoughts on genocide.


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Interviewee
Leon Chameides
Date
interview:  1998 November 23
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-24 14:46:35
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