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Oral history interview with George Dynin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.398.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0846

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George Dynin (né Yeszhesh Dynin) on March 19, 1925 in Lodz, Poland, discusses his family; his sister, Aviva Marcella, who was born in 1934; speaking both Polish and Russian at home; his father’s emigration with his parents from Russia in 1917; his father’s textile business, which was successful and had a branch in Tel Aviv; his memories as a child before the war; his family leaving by car a few days before the German invasion; leaving their belongings with their maid who returned them when they eventually returned to Lodz; journeying for several months until they arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania, where his uncle lived; his father starting a new company, selling jewelry from the Bolsheviks to Embassy workers; beginning high school; the German occupation of Lithuania; the arrest of his father, who was imprisoned for a year in a camp before being released for amnesty; hiding with his family in several places; his family changing their name to Dunin, a Polish aristocratic name; his mother obtaining a job as a German translator; living in Baranovichi, Belarus; working with his mother for the underground movement; living as a Catholic Pole; becoming an altar boy; the priest helping them to escape; hiding in the woods from the Germans until they were liberated by the Russians; returning to Lodz; going to Vilnius; learning that his father was safe in Palestine; Jewish organizations helping them to obtain documents to go through Germany to Marseilles, France, where they boarded a ship for Haifa, Palestine (now in Israel); living in Israel until 1957; and immigrating to the United States with his wife.

Interviewee
George Dynin
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2015 October 21  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.