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Oral history interview with Lev Grigorovich Ayzen

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1287.3 | RG Number: RG-50.226.0003

Lev Grigorovich Ayzen, born on January 17, 1915, describes 1933 when he went to the Crimea with his family and joined the Jewish Agricultural Commune and then a Kolkhoz; being drafted in 1937 into the army in Kiev, Ukraine, where he served for two years before being sent to Zhitomyr, Ukraine to work in a military supply warehouse; being demobilized in 1940 and working as an electrician in Kiev; the beginning of the war in 1941; being captured by the Germans in Poltavskaya oblast in Ukraine and driven from one camp to another; how in the summer of 1942 he was in Kremenchug (Kremenchuk), Ukraine, where there was a large POW camp; trying to escape and failing; escaping in September 1942 when prisoners were being marched from one camp to another, and being sheltered by peasants; joining a partisan unit led by the regiment commander Simonenko, which was involved in blowing up rail lines; the large concentration of partisan units in Branskiy or Vranskiy forest near Chernigov (Chernihiv), Ukraine, in the summer of 1943; the approach of the Red Army, preparing a landing strip, and beginning to build a raft bridge across the Desna River; being seriously wounded and taken to a Soviet field hospital; returning to a liberated Kiev; being reunited with family; and his post-war life and intention to immigrate to Israel.

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Lev G. Ayzen
interview:  1994 August 02
2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:16
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