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Oral history interview with Aby Hervy

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.321 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0321

Aby Hervy (né Hirschowitz), born on June 3, 1910 in Tartu, Estonia, describes his childhood in Tartu; his service in the Estonian army; his medical education; his marriage in 1939; the Soviet occupation of Estonia; his son's birth in 1941; his move to Liepaja, Latvia to join his wife; being forced into the ghetto by the Nazis; leaving his son on the steps of an orphanage to save him; his infant son's death; his work in the ghetto; the ghetto's liquidation in 1942; being deported with his wife to Kaiserwald concentration camp near Riga, Latvia; the forced labor he performed; his wife's death from illness; his own illness and being hidden by the camp doctor; the liquidation of Kaiserwald; his time in Stutthof, Magdeburg-Polte, and Sachsenhausen in Germany; his extreme illness in the last days of the war; being saved by inmates at a French prison camp; his time in a hospital in Hanover and Labro, Sweden to recuperate; his time with a Swedish family for more than two years; his work in a library at a children's hospital; his immigration to the United States in 1948; his remarriage; moving to Montreal, Canada and then to California; the death of his wife; and his ongoing assistance to family members living in Estonia.

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Hervy, Aby
Ryan, Peter
interview:  1997 September 01
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:13:14
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