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Oral history interview with Samuel Rozin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.368 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0368

Samuel Rozin, born in Kovno, Poland (Kaunas, Lithuania) in 1926, describes being the youngest of five children; his family being traditional, but not very religious; his father, who owned a merchandise transport business and had earned a medal for heroism as a volunteer firefighter; Jabotinsky’s speech in 1938 in Kovno; studying art; the Russian occupation and the change in atmosphere; learning to speak Russian; the war starting and his family going to Vilna (Vilnius, Lithuania) and returning to Kovno; being transported to the Slobodka ghetto in 1941; his father dying of a heart attack; family members being killed in the Ninth Fort; remaining in the Kovno ghetto until the spring of 1944; getting a rifle and joining the partisans; being trained by Haim Yelin, in Michl Pasternak’s basement; the partisans in the forest; escaping in small groups to join the partisans in the forest; his escape failing and returning to the ghetto; leaving the ghetto again and finding Belarussian partisans in the Rudnicki Forest; his first battle; life with the partisans; sabotaging trains by placing bombs on the tracks; the partisans being surrounded by the Germans and being wounded and surviving by hiding near a river; recovering at the partisan base; being hospitalized for a month and a half; going to Vilna; and wanting to study art but being conscripted into the Russian Army for five years in the engineering corps.

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Samuel Rozin
interview:  2000 March 02
9 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:33:39
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