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Oral history interview with Mike Shmeltz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1993.A.0095.71 | RG Number: RG-50.163.0071

Mike Shmeltz, born on May 15, 1924 in Goworowo, Poland, describes the German invasion in September 1939; the burning of their town and fleeing with his family to Zambrow then Bialystok, Poland; being sent to Siberia by the Russians; the journey on a cattle train for eight days; the German attack of Russia in June 1941 and going to Kyrgyzstan, where he tilled the land, carried water, and endured extremely cold winters; being given permission by the camp director to leave in 1945; crossing Russia to Baranovichi, Belarus; waiting a year for permission from the Russian government to leave; going in 1946 to Szczecin, Poland, where he found his sister and her husband; going to a Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz and contacting Bricha; getting married; going to Czechoslovakia and Austria; living in the Schteia displaced persons camp and the terrible conditions there; going to Kassel, Germany, where he worked as a truck driver from 1947 to 1949; living in Israel from 1949 to 1959; living in Montreal with his wife and daughter from 1959 to 1964; and immigrating to the United States in 1964.

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Shmeltz, Mike
Zelenko, Barbara
interview:  1986 July 12
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:46:09
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