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Oral history interview with Joseph Likwornik

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.571 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0571

Joseph Likwornik discusses his childhood in a small shtetl in western Poland; the Soviet occupation of the town in 1939; the flight of his father, sisters and one brother to Palestine; the arrest and deportation to Siberia of his other brother; joining the Soviet Communist youth group Komsomol; being trained as projectionist in Lvov; his assignment in Dombrovitz showing Soviet propaganda movies; his experiences after the German invasion; escaping until reaching Ostrogorsk, where he was drafted into the Red Army; his experiences in the Soviet Army; the Battle of Stalingrad; the Soviet Army's pursuit of the Nazi German troops; learning of the fate of Jews in shtetls across Poland; and being in Dresden in May 1945 as the war ended; deserting the Soviet Army in a disguise; arriving at a displaced persons camp in Leibniz, Austria, where he met his wife and had a son; their decision to immigrate to Palestine; their travels through Italy; their decision to instead immigrate to the United States in 1946; their life and businesses in New York; moving to Israel in 1965; returning to the United States permanently in 1978 to be closer to their son; his life and pastimes in California.

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Joseph Likwornik
Sylvia Prozan
interview:  1992 December 29
interview:  1993 March 02
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 09:35:35
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