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Oral history interview with Abraham Hauptman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.381 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0381

Abraham Hauptman, born in 1925 in eastern Galicia, in the oil-rich Boryslav region; describes growing up in Skhodnitsa (Skhidnytsia, Ukraine); how Ukrainian antisemitism expressed itself daily all through his elementary school days; his older brother, who was mechanically gifted; his father, who was an equestrian-trained driver and had served as such in World War I; his dislike for the heder but loving Gordonia, the Zionist movement; how there were about 500 Jews in Skhodnitsa; the Russians entering the village on September 16, 1939; survivors from the West bringing stories of pogroms, ghettos, and burnings; how there were pogroms in Skhodnitsa and the Ukrainians assisted; his family returning to Boryslav; the Aktions in Boryslav and the division of the ghetto near the Boryslav district of Potok Górny (Upper Potok); escaping certain death many times; the Judenrat; the establishment of the work camp in Boryslav after the fifth Aktion and how Jews were chosen by the German Keller to work there; Jews being able to get on the “Keller List” in exchange for money; working in the camp without being on Keller’s list; being transferred to work in Grazia, where there were gas cisterns; seeing a flier calling for Jews to revolt (it was after the Warsaw ghetto uprising) and it moved the Jews to go underground in the Opaka Forest; the Drogobych ghetto and the organization and location of the underground first in Smilno and then in Opaka; liberation and the pogrom done by the Banderovtzim; attending school after the war; being spared by the principal from going to the Russian front; his father, whom he believed had been killed, showing up eight months after liberation; his father’s service in the Russian Army along the Russia/China border; immigrating to Israel in 1960; and his praise for his mother.

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Abraham Hauptman
interview:  2000 October 26
13 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: 2020-03-26 09:33:42
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