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Oral history interview with Lucia Shimel

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.142 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0142

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    Oral history interview with Lucia Shimel


    Interview Summary
    Lucia Shimel (née Pinchuk), born in Minsk, Belarus, describes her family moving to Vilnius, Lithuania after the Russian Revolution; growing up in Vilnius and studying pharmacology; experiencing some antisemitism; the outbreak of war; the atmosphere during the German occupation; Germans sending Jews into the Vilna ghetto and her family's entry into ghetto 1; the organization of life in the ghetto; working with the underground and meeting with Abba Kovner; working with a group in Porobanek; forced labor in Bielowaka; hearing about the Ponary massacre; being ordered to assemble and leave the ghetto on September 23, 1943; her arrival and treatment at camp Kaiserwald in Riga, Latvia; being taken by train to Siauliai, Lithuania; being sent to Stutthof; being sent to Krumau with 100 women to dig trenches; being marched at the beginning of January 1945 for six weeks; being rescued by a Polish woman, who took care of her; immigrating to Palestine; and her adjustment to life in Israel.
    Lucia Shimel
    interview:  1992 July 01
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    13 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Topical Term
    Antisemitism--Lithuania. Concentration camp inmates--Intellectual life. Death march survivors. Death marches. Escapes. Forced labor. Holocaust survivors--Israel--Interviews. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. Jewish ghettos--Lithuania--Vilnius. Jewish women in the Holocaust. Jews, Russian--Lithuania--Vilnius. Kapos. Mass murder--Lithuania--Vilnius. Paneriai Massacres, Paneriai, Lithuania, 1941-1944. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Latvia. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Poland. World War, 1939-1945--Medical care--Lithuania. World War, 1939-1945--Medical care--Poland. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Female. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Lithuania--Vilnius. Women--Personal narratives.

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Lucia Shimel in Israel on July 1, 1992, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February 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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