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Oral history interview with George Shershnevsky

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.52 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0052

Gregory Shershnevsky, born in April 1941 in Vilna, Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania), discusses the German Army entering Vilna on June 22, 1941 and all Jews immediately being moved to a ghetto in downtown Vilna; his parents’ attempts to escape the Germans but being captured in White Russia (eastern Belarus) and forced to return to Vilna; his family being moved to a second ghetto; his parents receiving work permits, which allowed them to earn some money outside the ghetto under German supervision; his parents going into hiding and finding a Christian, Polish woman who was willing to take him in November 1941; his parents hiding him in a garbage can to smuggle him out of the ghetto; the Polish woman taking him to city hall, claiming to have found him, and adopting him; his Polish name, Stanislao, by which he is still called by some of his friends; his fake birth certificate; his adopted mother, who took in 14 other Jewish and non-Jewish children and was a nurse; his memories of living in the basement of a building that was used as a German hospital; his adopted mother rescuing a wounded Russian general and later receiving a small pension from the Russian Government; his caretaker moving to live with some distant relatives in Poland and seeing her for the last time in 1967; his parents joining the resistance movement during the war and his mother’s death; the liberation of Vilna and his father picking him up from the woman who had saved him; his father remarrying a few years later and the birth of his half-brother in 1949; his uncle writing a book about his experiences; and the importance of not forgetting the atrocities of the Holocaust.

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George Shershnevsky
Mrs. Toby Back
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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