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Oral history interview with Samuil Mordokhovich Kaplan

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1283.17 | RG Number: RG-50.378.0017

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Samuil Mordokhovich Kaplan, born in 1924 in Uzda, Belarus, recalls his family life; the outbreak of the war and the arrival of Jewish refugees; his and his family's attempts to go to Shatsk and their return to Uzda; the arrival of German troops and the establishment of a ghetto in Uzda; the execution of Jewish communists; the local police robbing Jewish inhabitants; his and his family's being made to do forced labor in a shoe factory and how in this way they escaped the liquidation of the ghetto; their removal by Germans to the Minsk ghetto; hiding from an Aktion in March 1942 during which his sister was killed; encountering German Jews from Hamburg in the Minsk ghetto; escaping from the Minsk ghetto with 16 other people by paying a "guide" with ammunition he had managed to steal; joining a partisan unit, which was commanded by Boyko; partisan activities; and post-war life, including working with the NKVD for four years.

Interviewee
Samuil M. Kaplan
Date
1995 August 05  (interview)
Language
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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