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Oral history interview with Tzvi Koffler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.383 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0383

Tzvi Koffler, born in 1929 in Jazłowiec, Poland (presently Pomortsy, Ukraine), recalls his family, including his younger twin siblings; attending Polish school and cheder; antisemitic harassment; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion; forced evacuation to Zolotyy Potik; returning home a few months later; his father's death from typhus; ghettoization in Buchach; forced labor in Borki Wielkic; escaping; returning to Buchach; escaping to the forest in a group, including his mother and siblings; separation from his mother and brother; hiding in a village; returning to Buchach; learning everyone else in their group had been shot; retrieving the corpses, including his mother and brother; hiding in a bunker during a mass killing; moving to Tluste (presently Tovste) with his sister; slave labor at a farm; hearing shooting from a mass killing that included his sister; assistance from a German overseer; escaping another mass killing; liberation by Soviet troops; being wounded in a German attack; transfer to Chortkiv; living in an orphanage for several weeks; traveling to Gliwice with assistance from the Jewish brigade; transfer to Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; immigration to Palestine via Marseille in 1947; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus for one year; his marriage to a survivor in 1955; the impact of his experiences on raising his children; and his recent visit to Ukraine with his daughter.


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Interviewee
Tzvi Koffler
Date
interview:  2000 November 02
Language
Hebrew
Extent
5 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 09:33:42
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