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Oral history interview with Leon Ginsburg

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0129.30 | RG Number: RG-50.029.0030

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Leon Ginsburg, born on June 12, 1932 in Maciejów, Poland, describes his family owning a dry goods store and living in a middle-class Jewish neighborhood; his father dying before the war; the Nazis killing his mother, sister, and brother; the Russian occupation in 1939 and the German invasion in 1941; how he narrowly escaped the Ukrainians and Nazis on many occasions; filming German atrocities, including the mass shooting of Jews; watching Germans forcing Jews to throw holy books onto a fire outside a synagogue and photographing it for propaganda; his family in Lyuboml, Ukraine; the winter of 1941-1942; hiding in his grandparents’ attic in Lyuboml; the mass murder of Jews in Lyuboml; hiding in attics, a cemetery, a drainage pipe, and a barn; hiding with a Polish family in Chelm who gave him a Polish name; his aunt finding him after liberation and going to Lask, Poland; returning to Lyuboml then going to Berlin, Germany; living in a displaced persons camp; going to the United States in 1946 with a group of orphans; living in New York, NY with his great-aunt; earning an engineering degree; getting married and having three children; developing a successful business in the US; returning to Maciejów to erect three monuments for the 4,500 people who were killed; being proud of his Jewish identity; and how his philosophies on Judaism have changed.

Interviewee
Dr. Leon Ginsburg
Date
1993 November 04  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Gift of Larry Papier
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