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Oral history interview with Kopel Kolpanitzki, Ben-Zion Dagan, and Ivan Ivanovich

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1283.13 | RG Number: RG-50.378.0013

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Kopel Kolpanitzki and Ben-Zion Dagan (born 1927) describe growing up in Lakhva, Belarus; family and Jewish life in Lakhva before World War II; the murder of Kopel's sister; relations with gentile neighbors; pre-war anti-Jewish sentiment; the establishment of a ghetto in Lakhva; working for the Germans in Mikashevichy; the murder of Jewish inhabitants and the liquidation of the ghetto; and their escape, with help from gentiles, from the ghetto. Ivan Ivanovich, a school friend of theirs, recalls wagon loads of Jewish corpses; his brother's story of mass executions and how he assisted in the burying of the Jewish victims; and gentiles assisting Jews to escape from the ghetto.

Interviewee
Ben-Tzion Dagan
Kopel Kolpanitzky
Date
1995 August 03  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Russian
Extent
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
Interviews conducted in association with the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University and with the participation of Beit Lohamei Haghetaot in Israel.
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