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Oral history interview with Grigoriy Isaakovich Kugel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1283.28 | RG Number: RG-50.378.0028

Grigoriy Isaakovich Kugel, born on August 21, 1912 in Pleshnitsy, Minsk oblast, describes his fairly religious family; attending a religious school (cheder) and going to a Yiddish language school for four years; pogroms in his village in 1923 and 1924; going to Minsk in 1930; serving for four years in the army and living in Russia for a time and returning to Minsk; getting married; two beatings he suffered at the time the Germans entered Minsk; being marched to a prison in Minsk and being told he would be taken to a ghetto where he was assigned work in a scrap metal warehouse; the frequent shootings of Jews; being taken to Lublin, Auschwitz, and Budin, where he worked for two years; the approach of Soviet troops as he was taken to yet another camp, Velichka (Wieliczka), for about two weeks; being sent to Dachau and then Leitmeritz (Litomerice) in Czechoslovakia; being sent to Muehldorf briefly; being liberated in Flossenbürg by the Americans in April 1945; and returning to the Soviet side where treatment was poor.


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Interviewee
Grigoriy I. Kugel
Date
interview:  1995 August 11
Language
Russian
Extent
3 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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