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Oral history interview with Yakov Shliapochnik

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.878 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0878

Yakov Shliapochnik discusses his early years in Odessa, Ukraine; his family's evacuation to Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan at the beginning of World War II; his education in a trade school; his capture by the German Army in October 1941; his escape into the forests; his journey on foot through Smolensk, Bryansk, and Kursk; visiting some of his family in Mezyrow, Ukraine; an uncle who was in a ghetto in Zhmerynka, Ukraine; his experiences in the ghetto, the conditions there, and the work he performed; liberation by the Soviet Army in March 1944; joining the military and fighting; his experiences in a hospital in Odessa; his reunion with his parents; immigrating to the United States in 1987; and his life in the US.


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Interviewee
Yakov Shliapochnik
Date
interview:  1992 February 11
Language
English
Extent
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