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Oral history interview with Lucia Shimel

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

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.

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Lucia Shimel
interview:  1992 July 01
13 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-04-21 07:09:23
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