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Oral history interview with Aaron Kobel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.706 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0706

The interview describes Mr. Kobel's childhood in Tilsit, Germany (now Sovetsk, Russia), the family's move to Kovno, Lithuania in 1938, and their forced move by Russian troops into the Slavodka (a suburb of Kovno) ghetto in 1940. Mr. Kobel describes the round-up and deportation of Jews by Nazi troops in 1941, his separation from his mother, and his and his father's deportation to Dachau, and then to Auschwitz. He describes the terrible conditions of forced labor and the beatings he received, the death march he endured, his condition upon liberation - at the age of 13 and weighing 60 pounds, and being nursed in a camp in Munich by American soldiers. Mr. Kobel describes his reunion with his mother, obtaining false papers and traveling to Israel by ship, and being detained by British troops and interned in Cyprus. He discusses his release from Cyprus and arrival in Israel, serving in the Israeli military until he was 18, and emigrating to the United States in 1952.

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Aaron Kobel
Arwen Donahue
interview:  1990 July 10
1 videocassette (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 09:36:23
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