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Oral history interview with Leon Ginsburg

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

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    Oral history interview with Leon Ginsburg


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Dr. Leon Ginsburg
    Larry Papier
    interview:  1993 November 04
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Larry Papier

    Physical Details

    2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Videotaped interviews must not be used in commercial stores for profit.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Ginsburg, Leon, 1932-

    Administrative Notes

    The interview with Leon Ginsburg was produced by Larry Papier as part of a project to interview Holocaust survivors in the Washington, D.C. area. This volunteer project was conducted with support and technical advice from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the interview in 1992.
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