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Oral history interview with Simha Fiss

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.456.12 | RG Number: RG-50.568.0012

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Simha Fiss, born in 1927 in Daugavpils, Latvia, describes his attendance at a Jewish school; the beginning of the war; his family’s flight after local policemen broke into their house and demanded valuables; attacks on the Jewish population of Daugavpils; the mass departure of many of the town’s Jews who feared persecution; the journey from Daugavpils to the Soviet Union; a bombing during which his family was separated; receiving help from strangers; the reunion of his family in the Soviet Union on a collective farm; his military service in the Soviet Army; his return to Daugavpils in 1951; the return of Jews to Daugavpils after the war; and his participation in the excavation and reburial of victims from the mass shooting in Daugavpils.

Interviewee
Simha Fiss
Date
2003 November 21  (interview)
Language
Russian
Extent
1 videocasette (Betacam SP).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:42:54
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