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Oral history testimony of Simon Malkès

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.476.11 | RG Number: RG-50.904.0011

Simon Malkès, born in 1927 in a traditional Zionist family, discusses growing up in Vilnius, Lithuania; his Jewish life, including the religious, cultural, and political aspects; the Jewish community in Vilnius, including the printers, educational network, synagogues, library, and the YIVO (Yidisher visnshaftlekher institute); his father, who founded a power plant; the outbreak of the war; the confinement of Jews to the ghetto; the terrible conditions in the ghetto; the Aktions and execution of Jews in the surrounding woods; the Wehrmacht major, Karl Plagge, who created HKP labor camp in September 1943, weeks before the liquidation of the ghetto; working in the camp for two years, believing it would save him from death; hiding with his parents for several days in a cellar in July 1944; and the posthumous bestowing of the title of Righteous of Nations on Plagge in 2005.

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Alternate Title
"Saved by a Right Man in Vilnius"
Simon Malkès
Isabelle Pleskoff
interview:  2014 December 14
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:37:56
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