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Oral history interview with Moshe Moskowitz

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.44 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0044

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    Oral history interview with Moshe Moskowitz

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    Interview Summary
    Moshe Moskowitz, born in 1922 in Lespitz-Baya, Romania, describes his merchant family which was traditional but not deeply religious; studying in a Jewish school, then in a vocational school; planning to go to Palestine; joining a Zionist youth group and working in an agricultural community; the German occupation and the Jews being transferred from the villages to the large cities and forced labor camps; his Zionist youth group becoming active in the resistance; taking on an Aryan identity; how meetings were often attended by emissaries from England and the US; the diplomatic courier who carried letters from the resistance and betrayed them; the arrest of underground members and their deportation to camps in Transnistria; his group smuggling children out of camps, giving them false identities, and setting up cultural activities until they could be processed to go to Palestine on illegal immigration on ships; how in 1944 British-trained parachutists from Palestine landed in Romania and Moshe’s Zionist Group was among those who gave them identity papers, living quarters, and maps to help them reach Bucharest; helping prisoners-of-war in Brasov with money, clothing, and medicine; rushing to the American and British zones after liberation to take Jewish prisoners out of the range of German bombings; being in charge of the funds for such operations through the Landsmanshutey; and how groups who were involved in saving children maintained connections in Israel.
    Interviewee
    Moshe Moskowitz
    Date
    interview:  1988 August 06
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    Language
    Yiddish
    Extent
    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Moskowitz, Moshe, 1922-

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Moshe Moskowitz in Haifa, Israel, on August 6, 1988. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 22, 1998.
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