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Oral history interview with Leon Chameides

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0350

Leon Chameides, born on June 24, 1935 in Katowice, Poland, describes joining the migration of 250,000 Jews from the west to the east; settling in Lwów, Poland (L'viv, Ukraine) with his family; the German invasion of Lwów on June 22, 1941; the creation of the Lwów ghetto and living in it until 1942; the ghetto aktions; practicing Judaism while in the ghetto; taking refuge with his brother in a monastery run by Uniate Church in Western Ukraine; going into an orphanage in Briukhovychi, Ukraine; moving to Uhniv and taking on a new identity, religion, name, and language; having a good life in the way of food and care but having mixed feelings about his safety; his liberation by Soviet forces in the summer of 1944; trying to return to Lwów only to have the Russian soldiers send him back to Uhniv; finally returning to Lwów, where he reunited with his brother; his and his brother’s immigration to England in 1946; and his immigration to the United States in 1949.

Leon Chameides
Randy M. Goldman
interview:  1995 August 22
Oral histories.
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-06-24 14:46:37
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