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Oral history interview with Sheyma Itzkovich Lipitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1283.24 | RG Number: RG-50.378.0024

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Sheyma Itzkovich Lipitz, born in January 1912 in Grodno (Hrodna), Belarus, describes his family; working in a plywood factory; the outbreak of World War II in 1939; being called into the Polish Army and sent to Vilnius, Lithuania, where he was briefly taken prisoner by Soviet troops and released; going to Skidel (Skidzel'), Belarus and getting married; being drafted into Soviet Army; returning to Grodno to meet his sister and working in the ghetto; working on a sewing machine in the Grodno ghetto; working in an auto-repair shop; his family members being taken to Treblinka concentration camp and killed; the repair shop workers being sent to a prison in Bialystok, Poland; how some inmates were killed while others were sent to Germany; remaining with forty others in the prison and working as a metal worker; his group being ordered by the Germans to go to the woods and uncover bodies over a period of days; escaping with others and hiding in the woods; meeting Soviet troops; being sent to a reserve unit, where he served as a repair worker until the war ended; and returning to the Minsk area.

Interviewee
Sheyma I. Lipitz
Date
1995 August 08  (interview)
Language
Russian
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 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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