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Oral history interview with Isaak Beygel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.441 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0441

Isaak Beygel, born in June 1922 in Lyakhivtsi, Ukraine, describes his hometown, which was a small predominantly Jewish village; his parents who were very religious; the difficulties for Jews in the 1920s when going to synagogue was considered anti-Soviet; his memories of the collectivization of farms against the will of farmers, many of whom were imprisoned and had their property taken away; his uncle, Yakov Beygel, who was imprisoned in 1937; studying at Kiev University until he had to stop when the war started; being called to the army in 1942 and serving until 1947; attending the tank institute in 1943 to become a tank operator; going through Belarus and Poland and being wounded near Berlin, Germany; returning to Lyakhivtsi after the war and finding empty streets and burned houses where his parents and grandparents once lived; the killing of all the Jews of Lyakhivtsi, including his parents and grandparents; learning about the massacre of Babi Yar from a friend in Kiev; his experiences in his army battalion while moving through Poland; experiencing more antisemitism after the war than before; and feeling safer practicing Judaism in the United States.

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Isaak Beygel
interview:  1992 February 12
2 videocassettes (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: 2020-03-26 09:35:22
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