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Oral history interview with Leya Koltun

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

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.

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Koltun, Leya
interview:  2001 August 22
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:13:15
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