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Oral history interview with William Zucker

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.67 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0067

William (“Willy”) Zucker, born August 22, 1927 in Wlodzimierz, Poland (now Volodymyr-Volyns'kyi, Ukraine), discusses being reluctant to describe his family’s loss and hardships during the Holocaust; growing up on farm; the beginning of the war in 1939; being on the Russian side of Poland; the German occupation in 1941; the anti-Jewish measures; being sent with his family to the ghetto; sneaking out of the ghetto for food and being beaten because of it; doing forced labor in construction for the Germans; creating an attic space for hiding; drinking rain water to survive; returning to ghetto to find only tailors and watchmakers remaining; the shooting of his family members; bartering his family’s belongings to a Pole to hide in his cow stable for approximately seven months; the Nazis’ treatment of non-Jewish Ukrainians and Poles; the survival of his brother because of his dentistry skills; being found by a Russian partisan and accused of being German spy at first; being taken in by the Partisans; assisting the Russian partisans in breaking through a German barricade; getting lost in the woods; liberation; returning to Wlodzimierz and searching for his family; immigrating to the United States in 1949 and settling in Buffalo, NY; and his reflections on the Holocaust.


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Interviewee
William Zucker
Interviewer
Mrs. Toby Back
Date
interview:  1990 June 18
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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