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Oral history interview with Mike Shmeltz

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

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    Oral history interview with Mike Shmeltz


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Mike Shmeltz
    Barbara Zelenko
    interview:  1986 July 12

    Physical Details

    4 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Shmeltz, Mike, 1924-

    Administrative Notes

    The interview with Mike Shmeltz was conducted on July 12, 1986 as part of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington's oral history project to document Washington, DC area survivor's experiences of the Holocaust. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the interview on May 26, 1993.
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