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Oral history interview with Leya Koltun

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.417 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0417

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    Oral history interview with Leya Koltun


    Interview Summary
    Leya Koltun discusses her childhood in a religious family in Latvia; the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union in 1940; the subsequent occupation by Nazi troops in 1941; her father's imprisonment and murder along with other Jewish men in July 1941; the conditions in the ghetto, including starvations and overwork; the mass murder of 15,000 people in the forest in 1942; the liquidation of the ghetto in May 1942; her brother's murder; her remaining until 1943, when she was sent to Estonia/Kohtla-Jarve and Tallinn from October 1943 until September 1944; forced labor in mines; being transferred to Stutthof, then to Neuengamme and finally to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she was liberated; and her return to Latvia after the war and the persecution she faced there.
    Leya Koltun
    interview:  2001 August 22
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Koltun, Leya.

    Administrative Notes

    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Leya Koltun on August 22, 2001. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project in October 2002.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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