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Oral history interview with Aaron Laro

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0125.65 | RG Number: RG-50.233.0065

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    Oral history interview with Aaron Laro

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Aaron Laro, born March 23, 1919 in Zdzieciol, Poland (now Dziatlava, Belarus), describes the prevalence of antisemitism in Poland; the signs posted in 1937 demanding a boycott of Jewish-owned shops; the beginning of the war; the confiscation of Jewish property, including the Laro’s six-room house; working with others to hid weapons in the woods; the creation of a ghetto in January 1942 in Novogrudek (Navahrudak, Belarus), and Jews being forced to move there and wear the yellow Star of David; two massacres in Navahrudak, including one in April 1942 when 800 people were killed; escaping from the ghetto and joining partisans in the woods; being a machinist and repairing tanks and other vehicles they found; finding Jewish families hiding in the woods; the attitude of the Russian Army towards Jews; making a detonator that derailed a train going to Vilna (Vilnius, Lithuania) and helping to derail three more trains; being incorporated into the Russian Army; fighting in numerous battles; being wounded and still having a bullet near his heart, a piece of shrapnel in his head, and a leg injury; spending a month in a hospital recuperating from a bullet wound; being made a sergeant; deserting from the Russian Army in the autumn of 1944; immigrating to the United States in June 1947 with the woman who had been with him throughout their time in the woods; getting married; and his thoughts on the actions he took during the war.
    Interviewee
    Aaron Laro
    Interviewer
    Anthony Young
    Date
    interview:  1992 February 05

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    1 sound cassette (90 min.).

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    Conditions on Access
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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Laro, Aaron, 1919-
    Corporate Name
    Red Army (Soviet Union)

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Anthony Young, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ID Card Project, conducted the interview with Aaron Laro on February 5, 1992.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 08:23:50
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