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Oral history interview with Mikhail Lapan

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.60 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0060

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

The interview describes Mr. Lapan's childhood in Bobruisk, Belarus, his enlistment in 1941 at the age of 16 in the Soviet Army, and the Nazi attack on Bobruisk. Mr. Lapan discusses his hospitalization in 1942 in Stalingrad, the invasion of Stalingrad by the Nazis, and describes an incident in which the Nazi troops removed the hospital patients and selected Jews and Communists for execution, and that by using the name of a fellow patient who had died earlier that day, he was able to escape that fate. Mr. Lapan describes being forced to work in a salt mine in Pine, Germany; having his Jewish identity betrayed; and his escape, recapture and removal to Braunschweig concentration camp. He discusses his liberation by American troops, being returned to the Soviet Union, his work in a coal mine in Harlov, his marriage, his return to Bobruisk, where he discovered that he parents had died during the war, and his eventual immigration to the United States.

Interviewee
Mikhail Lapan
Date
1992 June 17  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:53:28
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