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Oral history interview with Dov Eshel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.375 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0375

Dov Eshel, born in 1925 in Vasil'kovtsy, Poland (presently Ukraine), recounts living in Husiatyn; his mother's death; his father's remarriage; the birth of a half-brother; attending Polish and Hebrew schools; participating in Gordonyah; spending holidays with his grandmother; Soviet occupation; fleeing to cousins in Kopychyntsi; returning home; attending a Soviet school; German invasion; fleeing to a nearby village; living with his grandfather in Vasil'kovtsy; returning home; slave labor clearing roads and in a warehouse; working in Probezhna; round-up and deportation of the women, including his step mother; being warned to leave the city; moving to the Kopychyntsi ghetto; building a bunker in which to hide during round-ups; witnessing a cousin's murder when fleeing from Ukrainian police; hiding briefly with non-Jews in a nearby village; transfer to the Chortkiv ghetto; forced labor on a farm; escaping with his family; separation from his younger brother and mother; finding his mother; hiding with his parents in a cemetery in Chabarovka; assistance from a Christian woman who hid them in her barn and a bunker; liberation by Soviet troops; learning his brother had been killed; traveling to Husiatyn; draft into the Soviet army; basic training in Kaluga; serving in a Soviet artillery unit; visiting his parents; transfer to a Polish unit; attending officer training school; fighting at the front; observing a Polish soldier execute a German prisoner of war; battles with Ukrainian partisans; revenge operations; reassignment to Katowice; reunion with his parents in Legnica; traveling illegally to Germany with the Jewish Brigade; his parents' legal immigration to Israel in 1947; living in Schlachtensee displaced persons camp; joining a Gordonyah group; living in Bergen-Belsen and Deggendorf displaced persons camps; attending an ORT school in Munich; immigration to Israel in 1949; reuniting with his parents; and how he credits his survival to being with his father. (He shows documents and photographs.)

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Dov Eshel
interview:  2000 April 13
14 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:16
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